Overall I have been teaching since 2001 in some capacity or other and I feel that all of my teaching experiences has helped shape me into a patient and well rounded teacher. My experience includes teaching middle school for 5 years in both Michigan and Georgia. Teaching K-5 for four years in Georgia. I worked at the Midland Center for the Arts in Michigan teaching classes from 2001-2009. I taught Preschool art classes, clay, papier-mache, jewelery making, painting, mixed media and even a Batik class. I also taught a class at Delta College in Michigan working with the Fantastic Program. It was teaching art to at risk youth.
I want to ensure that my students have a well-rounded, quality education in the arts. I look forward to helping my students get excited about expressing themselves creatively and having fun while learning. Art education gives students a chance to stimulate their imagination, as well as their cognitive and problem solving skills. In the arts, students learn that there is more than one way to compete the art project. They are able to express themselves and their emotions through the artwork. They also have the opportunity to interpret other artworks, from those of their classmates to famous works of art. The open-ended nature of art education allows kids to build a sense of confidence that may carry over to other areas.
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University of West Georgia with a BA in Art Education
It seems that whatever direction my career has taken me in my life teaching has always been there. When I first started college I asked myself what do I want to do? My first choice was Graphic Design. It appealed to my artistic side. The classes were great and I excelled but there was something missing. It was the people part. I am a people person and I realized this while in school. I knew then that teaching and specifically teaching art was what I wanted to do. I love working with students and seeing that spark in them when they find joy in creating art.