I am in year 13 of elementary art teacher'ing! I got my MAED in Secondary Education in preparation to teach high school art. When a position at the high school level was not available that year, I accepted a position at the elementary level in order to "buy myself a year" until a high school position opened up. God works in wonderful ways; I unexpectedly fell in love with elementary!
I believe in teaching the standards with an open door for creativity and expression. I LOVE happy accidents. I believe that teachers (especially those of us in art) need to maintain an open mind to allow kids to explore and embrace unexpected possibilities and multiple solutions. I believe that kids who might struggle otherwise can excel in art; I experience "disabilities" becoming strengths every day. I'm a loving but tough love art teacher who loves the "Enya" and "Coffee House" playlist on Pandora for my classroom.
11Alive Class Act Teacher http://www.11alive.com/video/1250356641001/1/Class-Act-Claire-Dunaway-Cyr 2011 Ovation Award for Outstanding Visual Artist
2002 BA Fine Art, Presbyterian College (including a semester at AIU in London) 2007 MAED Secondary Education, University of Phoenix Online
I am an artist during the nights/weekends/school breaks. I find that my role as an artist and as a school teacher compliment one another far more than I ever expected! As an artist I enjoying exploring new materials, techniques and ideas; I find that I am constantly asking myself how I can bring the new "discoveries" into the classroom (and vice versa!). My Twitter is clairedunawaycy@artclassstudio, my classroom Instagram is dunaway_cyr_classroom_studio. My fine art website is www.clairedunaway.com. Come follow along and see many of my lessons in progress!
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Math, Geometry, Science, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Other (Specialty), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, School Counseling, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Writing, Robotics, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Engineering