The Days Ahead

The past week has been a difficult time for our community and our state as a whole.  I offer every one of you all the love and respect in my heart in dealing with this crisis.  We have all been impacted in many ways by this storm and I am aware that it may take all of our energy to get back into our regular class routine.

Please take the time to practice self-care, especially when in school, and to reach out to those around you; we are all struggling to feel a sense of normality after the hurricane and the many days off.  To those of you still without power, I hope that you will soon have your homes’ electricity restored.  To those of you that were out in the community helping to clean up and bring life back into Lakeland, thank you.  To anyone that suffered from the damage and destruction that struck our city, I feel for you and please do not be afraid to communicate any concerns you may have about upcoming deadlines, your mindset, or your attendance.  I understand that it is hard to have your brain focused on school when there may be so many things going on back at home or with other hurricane-stricken family members.  Please let me know how I can help any of you in this next week.

I will be spending today entering grades and moving your computers back to their assigned stations.  Interim grades will likely be pushed back a bit so if your Pinnacle states that you have work missing – make sure you get those items turned in before Thursday, September 21!

Note: Homecoming events and Dance will be rescheduled for the week of October 9th – 13th and the dance on Saturday, October 14th.

I am wishing you and your families the best during these times and I hope that we can all begin to slowly move forward as a school community and within our own classroom environment.

9/7 Class & Hurricane Irma

Polk County Public Schools will be closed due to Hurricane Irma on Friday, September 8.  Stay safe everyone!

Please see for further information and any additional schedule changes.
Click here for Emergency Information.

Due to a low # of students attending school today, the attending students will be out and about taking photos in and outside of the classroom.  We will upload these when school reopens; as most of the classroom computers have been unplugged and stored for the upcoming storm.

If you stayed home today or are evacuating from FL try to take a couple pictures on whatever device you might have so that you can build up your photography portfolio with images to edit and use for upcoming projects.


In addition, the Best of Polk AP Studio Exhibition at Harrison has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 20th at 6 p.m.

Lab Fees

Please make sure each one of you is turning in the $25 lab fee ASAP.  This applies to Creative Photo 1, 2, & 3 classes.  Please refer to the syllabus for any questions on what the fee is for and what it pays for.

These fees are required for the course and I am recording the students that theirs in via the gradebook.  The “assignment” for lab fees counts as 0 points which means it does not count against your class grade but this fee is required for the class and it will not be able to graduate if it is not turned in.

If you are unable to pay the lab fee for this course please contact me to discuss a solution!

Upcoming Solar Eclipse

With the solar eclipse coming up on Monday, I just wanted to write a quick post to remind students about the dangers of the rare event.  Please do all that you can to protect your eyesight and please resist the temptation to look at the sun during the eclipse as it could cause permanent damage.

Not only can you severely damage your eyesight by looking at this eclipse, you could also damage a camera when trying to shoot a picture of it.  Check out the video at the bottom of this post to see what I mean!

Below is a link to the district’s safety info about tomorrow’s solar eclipse:

OneDrive Accounts

This past Friday each student was assigned a designated computer to work on for the time being.  These seats are not permanent and will be rearranged in the near future to better serve each student’s needs.

We set up specifically named folders within our OneDrive accounts for submitting and uploading future photography assignments.  These folders were shared with me so that I may view and grade photos and typed assignments accordingly.  Most students utilized their school emails to create the OneDrive account while others had to utilize their personal emails because of technical issues.

We found that it is best for students to access their accounts via Office 365 while at school.  The accounts/folders are accessible for use at your home.

Students!  If you were absent, please email me for instructions on how to coordinate and share the assignment folders/we will catch you up on Monday or Tuesday.


I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet you all and many of your friends/families today.  I am excited for this upcoming school year and looking forward to seeing all of the work you will create throughout this course.

To answer some common questions from today’s orientation:

Do I need to have a camera to be in this course?

Thankfully, no!
If you do have a camera you are more than welcome to utilize it!  We are so grateful to have the many resources in LHS’s art department.
There are several different types of cameras that students may use while in-class and we also welcome the use of camera phones when students are actively working on a photography assignment.  Please note that this is the only exception for the use of a cellphone in my class.

What will we be doing this year?

As we meet on the first day, I will be getting to know each returning and new photography student.  Upon this first day, we will discuss and determine what each student knows/doesn’t know and what type of assignments or projects they have done – if any.  By doing this, I can avoid repeating assignments that your previous educator may have already given the year before.

If you are just joining us as a first-time photography student, welcome to our class and get ready to learn how to use various types of cameras and ways to take, create, and edit attractive, successful photographs.

What lunch does 5th period have?

This year the art department has B lunch!

Lunch A 10:49am  – 11:09am : Buildings B, C, D, E, AG, I and N

Lunch B 11:45am – 12:05pm : Buildings F, G, H, W, PE and Band

What does the lab fee go towards?

Each lab fee helps to supply our classes with photo paper, printer ink & toner, camera batteries, memory cards, and other various art/photography-related supplies that we might need throughout the year.

First Week!

Welcome back to the school year, students!  I am excited to be joining the LHS Visual Arts Department this year as the new Creative Photography educator and I am honored to be your teacher.

I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you and I am looking forward to a wonderful, art-filled school year.

This website will be utilized to document each and every assignment for your class.  It will help you find your assignment requirements, tutorial directions, art show or contests data, deadlines, my contact information, and classroom policies.  I will often upload any useful resources or documents used in class for printing-purposes as well.

Please navigate the tabs above to find the course you are taking and feel free to subscribe or follow this website to stay up-to-date with our class happenings.