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Reshada Pullen-Jireh

Arts Curriculum Specialist | Instructional Designer |240-305-9862| 

P R O F E S S I O N A L    S U M M A R Y

Exceptional, actively exhibiting visual arts education leader with 18+ years of experience in arts education, curriculum design, visual design, e-learning solutions, instructional design. Specializing in development, implementation, and management of learning and development training solutions, creating meaningful connections to the National Core Arts Standards, the International Baccalaureate Curriculum framework and Human Visual Arts Development.


Lead Visual Arts Teacher: Washington International School                                              

August 2016- Present

  • Designed and implemented an engaging International Visual Arts Curriculum for the organization with the intent that all lessons can be built upon, scaffolded, and applied to various visually creative applications. Each Unit of study facilitates student voice and choice.

  • Designed Content and Resources for all Visual Arts Lessons

  • Created, designed and maintain the Visual Arts curriculum website.

  • Collaborated with colleagues to create Interdisciplinary units of study.

  • Maintained constant communication to community stakeholders.


Founding Instructional Content and Curriculum Designer : RPJ Studios

August 2013- Present

  • Create efficient and engaging solutions for e-learning and hybrid learning to support visual

               arts education.

  • Strategically design, administer, and manage instructional programs.

  • Create quick, memorable experiences for clients with rich, engaging content such as product and training videos, and e-learning modules.


Visual Arts Teacher: DC Scholars Public Charter School                                                   

August 2012- July 2016

  • Taught Multicultural studio lessons to Preschool – 6th grade

  • Designed visual arts curriculum.

  • Lead after school art clubs.

  • Developed black history month art projects.

  • Conducted qualitative research studying creativity, open-ended art problems, and student choice.


Interrelated Arts Teacher: Prince Georges County Schools                                         

July 2009 – August 2012

  • Designed art curriculum with connections to general education standards.

  • Taught, planned, and modeled art lessons, designed to show teachers at multiple schools how they can effectively incorporate visual arts into their everyday curriculum.

  • Mentored student organizations.


Mural Painting Instructor: Guerrilla Arts Ink                                                                      

September 2010 - May 2011

  • Taught afterschool courses in Mural Painting at Ballou High School.

  • Mentored 9th – 12 grade artists

  • Facilitated student-led projects.


Elementary and Middle School Art Teacher: Friendship Public Charter Schools        

August 2008 – July 2009

  • Taught preschool - eighth grade studio art 

  • Modified art lessons so that all of my students from basic to advanced skill set could achieve, excel and take personal responsibility for their own artistic growth.

  • Produced various school performances and art exhibits.

  • Collaborated with the humanities team to create a cohesive curriculum.


Elementary Art Teacher: Richmond Public Schools                                                   

August 2005 – August 2008

  • Motivated students to actively learn from the world around them. 

  • Integrated general education standards into art units to help all students understand the connections between all subject matter.

  • Instituted the Artist of the Week program to acknowledge students who excel in art class.


Student Teaching Intern, Middle School Art: Henrico County Public Schools            

March 2005 – May 2005

  • Taught linear perspective and propaganda units to sixth and seventh grade under the guidance of a supervising teacher.

  • Created grading rubrics.

  • Coached the step team.


Student Teaching, Elementary Art: Richmond Public Schools                                           

January 2005 – March 2005

  • Taught prekindergarten – fifth grade studio art lessons under the guidance of a supervising teacher.

  • I was hired during my elementary assignment without interview.


Program Leader: Boys and Girls Clubs of Richmond                                                        

January 2004 – January 2005

  • Art Director for member programs.

  • Conducted a beautification program.

  • Sponsored the Illustrators and Painters Clubs.


Teaching Staff Member: Citadel of Hope Youth Academy                                                 

July 2003 – January 2004

  • Lead daily Bible devotionals.

  • Tutored all elementary and middle school students.

  • Directed programs and activities for students during the aftercare programs. 

  • Director of the arts programs for the Citadel.



A R T S   L E A D E R S H I P   E X P E R I E N C E S


Visual Arts Ministry Leader, Victory Christian Ministries International                                  

January 2010 – 2020

  • Contribute my skills as a visual artist to the service of Victory Christian Ministries through gifts, live painting, set design and production, carnival painting, and outreach. 

  • Give visual interpretation of the written word of God.

  • Lead three adult visual artists, two teens.

  • Conduct periodic training and coaching sessions.


Resident Artist and Visual Coordinator for Wednesday Verses                                          

February 2010- January 2017

  • Create and complete paintings live during events in Metro Washington, DC and Virginia.

  •  Arrange schedules for other visual artists associated with Upside Marketing.


O T H E R   E X P E R I E N C E S

Infinity Artists Fellowship: Terrell Arts DC December 2022 -  present

Arts Workshop Facilitator: Center for African Studies: Howard University  December 2022 -  present

Portfolio Development Mentor: Victory Christian Ministries Charisma Teens                                         February 2012- 2016

Live Painting: RPJ Gallery  January 2010 - Current                                                                                                 

Exceptional Education Volunteer: Richmond Public Schools                                                                          September 2001 – June 2002 

Gallery Intern: 1708 Gallery                                                                                                                                    

August 2001 – December 2001


E D U C A T I O N    A N D   Q U A L I F I C A T I O N S

Certificate of Instructional Design, ELVTR May 2022

Master of Art in Art Education, Maryland Institute College of Art ; January 2016

B.F.A. in Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University; May 2005

Maryland Professional Teaching Certification; 2009

Virginia Professional Teaching Certifications; 2006

Praxis II: Elementary Content Knowledge; 2008

Praxis II: Art Content Knowledge; 2005

Praxis I: Reading, Writing and Math; 2003


A W A R D S  


DMV Renaissance Awards, Visual Artist of the Year; 2023

Leslie Hammond King Scholarship; MICA; 2015

Maryland Institute College of Art Merit Scholarship; 2015

Teacher of the Week, DC Scholars Public Charter School; 2015

Woman of Power Network Leadership Award, Baltimore, MD; 2012

Teacher of the Year Nominee, Yorktown Elementary School, Bowie, MD; 2010

HEPTA Minorities Excellence in Education Scholarship; 2004

Love Award: Citadel of Hope; 2003

Third Place: Social Change Art Exhibit – VCU; 2001

First Place in 2-D art: Great Frame Up Art Exhibit; 2000

Third Place in 3-D art: Great Frame Up Art Exhibit; 2000

Second Place: VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Exhibit; 2000


Exhibitions and references are available upon request.

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