I am enjoying my 10th year of teaching elementary art! I got my MAED in Secondary Education in preparation for teaching high school art. When a position at the high school level was not available 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" 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!). If you are so inclined, my fine art website is www.clairedunaway.com.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Science, Earth Sciences, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Other (Specialty), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, School Counseling, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, 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