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Master Of Fine Arts

Marywood University
Scranton, Pennsylvania
August 2000


Permanent NYS
Teacher Certification

New York State
Art Education, K−12


Bachelor of Arts

Art Education

Marywood University
Scranton, Pennsylvania
May 1995


  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Immaculate Hearts of Mary Scholarship
  • Dean’s List, First Honors
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma

Professional Experience

Owner and Designer, December 2001−Present
Flourish Design Studio, Inc., Ithaca, New York, www.flourishdesignstudio.com

  • Maintain consistent project success resulting in recurring clients
  • Use industry-standard software to develop graphics
  • Develop multiple concepts and solutions for each project
  • Methodically follow creative design process: collect data, brainstorm, conceptualize, sketch, compile roughs, present rough solutions to client, bring chosen solution to final stage and deliver finished product
  • Address client’s current needs while anticipating future applications for marketing concepts
  • Identify and understand client marketing needs and capitalize on client niche
  • Collect information from client and research project to begin creative process
  • Work within client budget and deadlines
  • Meet and develop professional relationships with clients
  • Network and promote Flourish Design at business events
  • Facilitate professional printing for clients
  • Manage financial aspects of business
  • View Flourish Design Studio's Complete Client List.

Art Teacher, Grades 6−12, September 1996−September 2006
Groton Central School, Groton, New York

  • Developed engaging art lessons to meet NYS Standards for the Arts using the Discipline-Based Art Education style− incorporating
    aesthetics, art history, production, and criticism
  • Managed approximately 160 students with wide spectrum of abilities, including students with special needs
  • Instructed students in the creative process− in both fine art (drawing, painting, ceramics) and digital media (graphic design, using Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign)
  • Assessed student performance and portfolios using a rubric of outcome-based criteria
  • Worked as a team member with faculty to enhance interdisciplinary understanding and foster student success
  • Created curriculum, demonstrations and presentations to enhance understanding for large- and small-groups
  • Worked within a rigid schedule, while managing changing classes, schedules, and budgets
  • Arranged, advised and promoted student art exhibits: juried, matted, hung exhibits of student work throughout the year as well at large-scale yearly art show
  • Advised the publication of the high school yearbook, managing a staff of approximately 15 students
  • Mentored and tutored at-risk students participating in the NYS Liberty Partnership program
  • Negotiated as part of a committee to settle the Groton Faculty Association contract with the school district for one term

Creative ideas
brought to life

Jacqueline Côté-Sherman
graphic designer & principal
phone: 607.351.8745
Ithaca, New York

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