Caroline “Kate” Nesmith

Artist & Designer


Design Resume Highlights:

  • Floral Designer for the Rheinheimer-Conway Wedding

  • Redesign the flow, function, and material accessibility for students and guest instructors in 3 art studio classroom environments

  • Kennedy Center Partners In Education Workshop Instructor: Designing open-ended art curricula for the art classroom

  • NAEA & VAEA Professional Development Session Presenter: Studio Habits for Middles & Littles: Creating classroom environments that foster the design process & creative thinking in students

  • Nominee, Teacher of the Year, Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School, 2019

  • Teacher of the Year, Harrisonburg City Public Schools, 2012


  • Thrives in a creative work environment, centered on collaboration and trust

  • Enjoys learning and growing, and values feedback and critique

  • Flexible, motivated, resourceful and a creative problem solver.

  • Self-start, anticipates tasks that need doing to ensure work environment functions smoothly and efficiently.


Floral Design Course . . . . . Spring 2017
Introduced to fundamental design techniques, led by retired professional florist

Master of Arts, Art Education . . . . . 2016
The Graduate School, James Madison University
Thesis: Teaching for Artistic Behavior: A Collective Case Study

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics & Art Education . . . . . 2008
James Madison University
Music Minor & Honor’s Scholar
Honor’s Thesis: Tensions: Community Species

Certifications & Licenses:

  • PK-12 Virginia Art Education License - valid through 2023

  • Virginia Driver’s License - valid through 2026

  • Member, Virginia Art Education Association

  • Member, National Art Education Association

  • Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

  • Member, Kappa Pi International Art Fraternity


Michelle Kimmell
Supervisor: Afton Mountain Vineyards
540.456.8867 wineclub [at] aftonmountainvineyards [dot] com

Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
Colleague, Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School
540.849.9016 cjmwhitacre [at] gmail [dot] com

Erin Conway
Client, Floral Design Services
703.627.6793 errhein [at] gmail [dot] com