When I was six years old, my kindergarten teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. From that moment forward I have always wanted to be a teacher, a nurturer of minds. Without hesitation I pursued this dream. My family has always being supportive with many of them fellow educators.
After graduating from Elkins High School in 1998, I began my adventure as an elementary education major at Texas A&M University. I soon realized however, that I wanted to combine my love of art and teaching. I later transferred to Houston Baptist University in 2000, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May of 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in all level art education. I returned to Fort Bend ISD as an educator and have been in the art classroom since 2004. In May 2010 I graduated from Houston Baptist University with a MEd. in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in instructional technology. This graduate degree has allowed me to include technology in my classroom and has allowed me to have a smooth transition to online learning.
Philosophy of Art Education
As a high school art teacher, I look forward to going to work and seeing my students. My goal is to nurture each student's individuality, creativity and help them find a sense of self. My middle school art teacher was an inspiration. Always encouraging, she made me realize that art is about the expression of self and not artistic talent. A student can pour their emotions, feelings, struggles and desires into art. In today’s society filled with turmoil and uncertainty I feel it is important to allow my students an outlet. I also want to provide a supportive and stable environment. I strive to encourage and facilitate an appreciation for the visual arts, even if the students do not continue in the art program. I have found that even small successes help build a strong confident foundation for all students and for any future they wish to pursue.
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