Dr. Power has worked as an art educator in both school and community settings, seeking to instill a love of the arts in her PreK-16 students. Along with her experiences in the classroom, she has served as a teaching artist in residence at the Tucson Museum of Art and the Idaho Services for the Deaf and Blind. Her recent teaching includes courses on contemporary issues in art education, research methods, the history of modern and contemporary art, and preservice art teacher preparation.
Her research seeks to understand, from the perspectives of preservice, inservice, and veteran teachers, why social media is used as a curricular resource and how said resources are critically analyzed and amended. This research involves the creation and application of an analysis framework for critiquing online curricula through the lens of Mezirow’s transformative learning theory and Noddings’ care theory. At her core, she is interested in creating usable tools for art educators to use in order to improve, enliven, and update teaching practices to reflect 21st Century realities.
Dr. Power received her undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco in Art History/Arts Management and Fine Arts and her MA and PhD from the University of Arizona in Art and Visual Culture Education.