All my life I've loved making art. It's now almost been ten years that I have been teaching art for the Peel District School Board, in Brampton Ontario.
I teach over 400 students per school year. 14-15 classes rotate through my classroom once to twice a week. I like to teach all types of art making processes. This September my students will be looking at creepy crawly things that go bump in the night, as their inspiration for their paper mache sculpture!
I started getting awards for art related things back when I was in grade 8, graduating as valedictorian and the recipient of the Visual Arts Award! At my high school grad, I was awarded the Jack Bromley Award for an outstanding attitude! I won the first year's end of year art show's scholarship at OCAD. And last year, I was awarded a "Certificate of Awesome" in recognition for my contribution to promoting a safe, inclusive and welcoming school climate, from my school board!
I got my undergrad as a non major student at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). Non major student status allowed me to study in ALL areas within the college. I LOVED IT! I went to Teachers College at the University of Toronto (U of T) at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). Since becoming a teacher I have completed several part 1, additional qualifications such as ESL, Librarian and Reading. My latest quest has been attending several technology based conferences. I even presented at one last year!
My favourite thing about teaching is helping kids see their own potential. Making things come to life wether it be a planned idea or not is such a satisfying feeling. Kids these days need kinaesthetic experiences different from playing video games. It's not my goal that students all "become artists". It's my goal that they realize that they already are an artist, and that using their skill set allows them to develop into a really cool human being for the rest of their lives!