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Mrs. Samntha Whalen » About


Teaching since: 2023


Teaching at AHS since: 2023


Department: Social Sciences



BS, Film Production, Southern Adventist University

MA, Modern Art History, Theory, & Criticism, Azusa Pacific University


Recent trainings/professional development:

Presentation - College Art Association International Annual Conference 2023

Presentation - Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference 2023

Published in Visual Inquiry Journal (2020) & Coalition of Master’s Scholars on Material Culture (2021)


Professional organizations memberships: College Art Association, Cultural Studies Association, William Morris Society in the US, Girlhood Studies Collective, American Studies Association, International Center for Medieval Art, Textile Society of America


About: Mrs. Whalen teaches World Geography and AP Art History. She has a background in filmmaking, fashion, and art history. She loves everything to do with visual world culture and finds that it intersects between many different fields. Between 2010-2011, Mrs. Whalen had the opportunity to serve eleven months as a student missionary in Malawi, Africa and has had a love of teaching ever since. After college, she spent three years as an independent filmmaker, traveling to Africa, Thailand, China, South and Central America, and Europe, working in documentary and narrative genres. Since 2020, she have been working as an independent art historian and has presented and published several pieces of original work at professional conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.


Her husband, Daniel, and she have twin five-year-old boys named Judah and Killian, and love to take them to the beach, playground, and pool. In what bits of free time she has, she enjoys painting, embroidering, thrifting, and reading.