I started my education career teaching part-time Fundamental Art at Guilford High School in Rockford, IL. While there I taught three different sections of the introductory art class. Between my three sections I had a variety of students in age, experience, and background. Recently I finished teaching at Ellis Elementary where I have been teaching K-5 art for the past two years. Ellis has provided me with a wealth of knowledge as I have had to learn how to teach without a group of art teachers, along with creating and implementing my own curriculum. I am looking forward to this upcoming school year and starting my newest position at Mary Morgan Elementary in Byron, IL.
As an artist and art educator, I believe that art functions as a tool to promote social change and help students become active citizens. As an artist I am drawn to many visually interesting things and find that I am most motivated by the challenge and the process of making art. As an educator I believe that through the study and making of art students are able to examine, question, respond to, and prepare for the world around them and I strive to achieve this in my classroom. I believe an art education provides students with valuable skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, creative thinking, and verbal and visual communication, among others. I design my curricula to incorporate themes and activities that will allow these skills to build along with art techniques, art history, experimentation, exploration, cross-cultural studies, and a variety of interdisciplinary skills. I believe an art classroom should foster both a welcoming and challenging environment and fit the needs of a variety of diverse students. I believe that my approach to art will provide my students with a better understanding of the world around them and its influence on their own identities, perspectives,and beliefs.
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American College of Education University of Illinois Saint Louis University
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