I am currently in my 3rd year of teaching elementary art. I currently teach K-2 and I have about 440 students. Though my degree is in general ed, I have always been an artist outside of my studies. I have illustrated 2 children's books, and I do commission pieces outside of school.
One of my main goals is to build relationships with my all of my kiddos in some way. I think creating projects that interest them and get them excited is a great way to do that. I also have high expectations of my students and we can create some challenging artwork; however, I compensate the difficulty level with the pace at which we complete a project. I like to break each project down to its simplest parts. Since I only have my kids for 30 min. each class period, this is a necessity. I like to keep things short, sweet, and to the point so that my kiddos have more time to create! We may do fewer projects than other art classes do, but our stuff is really cool and complex most of the time - I am proud of that.
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I grew up in the Beech Grove city school system (just outside Indianapolis, IN) from K-12. It wasn't until about 3rd grade when I realized that I had a passion/skill for the arts. I was fortunate enough to have such wonderful art teachers that helped me reach my potential. I was originally going to major in studio art, but I was not sure what I was going to do after college. I eventually transferred from the University of Indianapolis (Crystal Dehaan School of Art) to Indiana University Southeast, and I switched my major to general education. I graduated in May 2016 with my degree. I had a hard time finding gen ed teaching jobs that summer, so I thought I would apply to be an art teacher. The rest is history! I love my career and I feel so blessed to teach kids about art.
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