Jennifer Dawn Blakeslee

132 Clinton Court // Cary, NC  27511


  • Bachelor of Arts: History (Minor: Anthropology), North Carolina State University - May 1994

  • Bachelor of Arts: Multidisciplinary Studies (Applied Archaeology), North Carolina State University - May 1994 

  • American Montessori Society teaching certification (Lower Elementary), Center for Montessori Teacher Education – July  2006

  • Central Carolina Community College Ceramic and Metal Sculpture Certificate Program 2011-2012

  • Continuing education in Ceramics include coursework taught by Jon Britt, Gabriel Cline and Cynthia Lee


Artist / Educator / Art-Educator

2005 – Present

  • Organize, schedule & perform lessons (traditional classrooms, Montessori, Art – education both institutional and self-organized)

  • Develop curriculum & create new materials for use in classes; Key elementary & middle school projects delivered include:

    • Principles in Archaeology

    • Ancient Egypt – cultural history, “fish mummies”, archaeology & art including practical 

    • Early humans – archaeology, history, cultural studies, timelines

    • Cultural origins of vocabulary – Greek, Latin, Old English and Germanic roots

    • Peace & social justice and critical thinking

    • Elementary Mathematics

    • Language, Grammar and Writing 

  • Lead classroom instruction as primary or secondary teacher for the following elementary & middle schools

    • Exploris School; 2015 – present

    • Renaissance Montessori – Teacher & Artist in Residence; 2012 – 2013

    • Sterling Montessori School; 2007 – 2011; 2014

    • Heartwood Montessori; 2006 – 2009

    • Explore! Beyond – School of Music & Art; 2005, 2006

  • Develop & lead adult classes in variety of art and craft techniques, including:

    • Ceramics: hand-building- soft and hard slab, pinch pot, coil 

    • Textiles & silk dying; advanced techniques (shibori and tie die)

    • Printmaking- waterless lithography, woodblock, linoprint, screenprint and gelli print

    • Basket weaving and making 

    • Mixed media with alcohol inks

Cultural Resources Assessment Group Archaeology

Archaeologist / Business Operations Manager

November 2001 – May 2004

  • Manage day-to-day operations of the business; manage relationships with state and local authorities

  • Coordinate projects (schedule resources, equipment and staff)

  • Interact with existing and new customers (provide bids & proposals, win new business, publication of resulting reports)

  • Perform archival research (deeds, maps, titles and historic data concerning project property)

  • Perform field surveys, excavation, documentation, site identification, GPS, photography and illustration

North Carolina Department of Historic Sites

Artifact Conservator

September 1999 – April 2000

  • Conservation of artifacts from NC museums, including restoration and repair of the C.S.S. Neuse

  • Used physical and chemical conservation methods to preserve and restore artifact materials, small finds

  • Catalog & describe materials and individual exhibits

North Carolina State University Libraries

Computing Consultant 2 / Web Designer

November 1997 – May 1998

  • Design web pages for the NCSU libraries (layout and content; Adobe Photoshop suite)

  • Site administrator for coordinating changes to the infrastructure (equipment, servers and software) and content (documentation and data)

IBM Global Services Customer Service Center

Training Coordinator / Team Leader

February 1995 – September 1997

  • Managed projects and people to support the deployment of new business to the Customer Service Center (either new customers, scope changes for existing customers, deployment of new technology)

  • Trained CSC staff on tools, processes and procedures (new hires as well as update/refresh training for existing employees)

  • Coordinated demonstrations and tours for prospective customers 

  • Handled escalations and complex customer requests, assisted staff with difficult customer or internal issues

North Carolina State University Roman Aqaba Project

Small-Finds Lead / Research Assistant

April 1994 – April 1995

  • Small-finds coordination (field identification, cataloging, cleaning, and conservation)

  • Field technician (survey, excavation and documentation)

  • Developed database for material archive and cataloging

North Carolina State University Roman Hungary Project

Field Coordinator

May 1993 – August 1993

  • Oversee regular and volunteer labor

  • Field technician (survey, excavation and documentation)

  • Paleobotanical research assistant (flotation, botanical identification, analysis and documentation)

Organizations / Membership

Town of Cary – Public Art Advisory Board

  • Current member

  • At-Large Member (2009 – 2014)

  • Chairman (2012 – 2013) Supervised and Assisted in Public Art Project with Nina Hole (Denmark)

  • Chairman Artist Selection Committee- Higgins Greenway Project (2019-present)

Carolina Rollergirls

  • Board of Directors; Director of Interleague Relations (2007 – 2009)

  • Charity Liason (2008 – 2009)

  • Skater (2006 – 2010)


  • Advocate for the visually disabled- wrote 504 brief for the Dept. of Education Office of Civil Rights that successfully demonstrated discrimination and won reparations. 

Organizations: Fine Arts League of Cary, Potters Guild of North Carolina,  Wake County Genealogy Society, North Carolina Genealogical Society