Dr. D. Tulla Lightfoot is the Coordinator of Undergraduate Art Education for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, the Instituto Allende and Columbia University, Teacher's College. She was a substitute teacher in the Hartford, Connecticut public school system before becoming a high school art teacher at Shanti High School, also in Hartford, CT. She also ran an art-based after school program for disadvantaged, inner city youth.
Tulla then went on to graduate school and taught studio and Art Education courses at Columbia University, Central Connecticut State College, the University of Vermont and the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. She left college teaching to devote time to her own artwork, but couldn't stay out of the classroom. Instead, she wound up substitute teaching for the Broward County School District in the State of Florida and teaching online and onsite for the University of Phoenix. Now she's back, doing what she loves, here at UNCP.
For several years she was on the cutting edge of new technological art working in the media of holography and computer generated images. Since she came to UNCP she has been working on series of drawings inspired by rural scenes and sacred buildings. Her motto is: If you want to change someone's life – become a teacher. If you want to change a hundred lives – teach a teacher.