About Dr. Artis
My professional career as an educator has taken me to an international school in Spain, the high-land villages of Guatemala, and the tribal people in Thailand and Laos. While formally this has allowed me to learn new languages, new cultures and study ethnography, informally, it has deepened my understanding of people, history, and cultures. It is through this lens that I bring together a community of engaged learners who value and respect different and unique points of view in a supportive classroom environment.
Throughout my many years of teaching experience, I have always sought out opportunities for continual learning and growth as a professional. I have a Doctorate degree in Education and a reading/language arts specialist credential. Throughout my studies and travels, my professional focus has been in reading/literacy development and multicultural/bilingual education. I have a passion for inquiry-based learning as a platform for activating students' critical thinking, curiosity and creativity. In addition to teaching at Bel Aire School, I am also an instructor at Dominican University.
Although I embrace international experiences I am a life-long Californian and love all that our state has to offer. This especially includes running and hiking on Mt. Tam and being in the outdoors. I also enjoy golf, tennis and my yoga practice.