I've had the privilege of teaching art in public schools for 6 years now. I've taught Pre-K - High School, but I've been teaching Pre-K - 8th grade for the past 5 years.
I know that most art teachers are outside of the box thinkers and I definitely fall into that category. With every project I choose for my students, I try to think if I would be bored; cause if I find it boring, I know they really will find it boring. Although it doesn't always work, generally my students seem happy about what they are creating. I also refuse to do still lifes. While there is merit in learning to draw realistically through this process, I try to find other ways to accomplish the same goal. I've found students loathe working on them and there are way too many fun projects out there.
I have sold my handmade jewelry through a local city art museum for over 9 years.
I started a bit late in life in college, but I have my Associates in Arts and my Bachelors in Art Education.
I'm a total nerd and I love art. I genuinely can't believe I actually get paid for what I do. I'm not saying there aren't really rough days, but generally I do believe I've found my dream job and dream school. While I adore my school, we are severely underfunded. So the majority of what I make through TPT will go right back into supplies for my classroom.