I am currently in my 2nd 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.
My goal for this year is to try and build better relationships with my students. Last year (my first year teaching), I think I was overwhelmed with everything, and I missed out on building those relationships. My focus is to try and engage them in art that is most relevant to them - whether its projects that use their own interests as subject matter or things that they see/do/use everyday. My hope is that this style will not only make my art class more engaging, but it will help me and my students get to know each other more than we did last year.
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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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