Ms. Tilley



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Tilley

I thrilled to be back at Mesa Ridge High School!  I have previously taught University English in China over the last two summers at Jiatong University in Xian, China.  I am enthusiastic about my career as an Art teacher and as an award winning Artist.  I hope to share with my students the passion for learning and experiencing new things.  As a teacher I had the privilege of first working in the art industry before turning to my teaching career.  Through college and for several years after, I had the opportunity to manage and curate several small galleries.  After receiving my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree concentrating in Sculpture, I have found that there are many more opportunities in the art industry, more than what I was taught about.  As an artist, I have learned important business skills with my own small business, Raw Life Expressions, which has now supported my art career.  I want to encourage my students to find their talents and passions and follow them, even in the art industry.  I want to encourage my students to find their passions and follow them, even in the art industry.  

There are so many careers and options out there, and so much more to be offered than just the starving artist career in the arts industry.  It is important for students to learn the at art is not just a useless skill, we use artistic knowledge or interact with art everyday of our lives!  We live in a technology-based world that pulls from the artistic industry; you only have to find the connection between technology and art.  The creative process is alive across multiple industries and it is time our students accessed this incredible resource. 

I will check my school email sparatically if you need to get a hold of me.


If you would like further information on my teaching credentials or my career as an artist please feel free to visit these sites:

Teacher Portfolio:

Artist Website:


For more detailed information about each of my classes please use the following links to my Google Classrooms:

Art I:

Drawing & Painting:

Sculpture & Ceramics:

Advanced Art I & II:

To Come soon:  Freehand Drawing,  NEW CLASS!- Fine Arts Exploration