Hello! As you may have heard, I'm the new kid here at Conway ES. This is my first year as a teacher here and I am so excited to be a part of this community, especially because I was actually a student here many years ago. (Fun fact, my former fourth grade teacher still works here... guess who it is!). It is such an honor to be back and making messes and masterpieces with your students now. I have received so much love and support already from this community and look forward to getting to know you all more.
A little about me, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts where I received a BFA in Art Education with a minor in Psychology. My education and time in Richmond has given me an incredible diverse set of experiences that I am beyond thankful for. Please let me know if you have students or friends looking to attend an art school, or if you are ever in the Richmond area and would like to know about it. I would love to be of help!
As for the art room, I believe art education is a crucial part of our youth's lives and development. Our vision here is that in art we care, create, and communicate. We care about what we are making, putting effort and time into our work, and artists often make pieces about things they care about. We create, coming up with original ideas or using other ideas as inspiration to help us go further. And we communicate, using art as a tool to express ourselves, our ideas, and our worldview. We also communicate as we collaborate with each other, and we are learning to communicate critiques and praises in an effective, constructive way.
I make a conscious effort to research and teach about artists who are living, ethical, and diverse (in gender, race, location, and socioeconomic status and background). Students should leave the art room this year being excited to lead, think critically, and jump into our diverse world to learn and teach.