I decided to become a teacher because I knew that I wanted a career that was personally rewarding and that would allow me to use my visual arts background. As with every major life decision I had self-doubt. We have all encountered self-doubt; it prevents us from moving forwards.
A personal friend of mine, a retired teacher, encouraged me to substitute teach for one of the surrounding school districts. When I started substitute teaching I taught all subjects and all grade levels, until finally I had the opportunity to work in the high school art department. This is when I knew I was on the right path. A few months later I took my EC Art 12 Exam, enrolled in an alternative certification program and the rest just fell into place.
I know that excellence comes with practice, patience and perseverance. The expectations I have for my students are the same expectations I have for myself. It is okay to make mistakes; mistakes are a part of learning. Not having all the answers is acceptable; it provides us with opportunities to further our knowledge and grow. As I continue my career as an art educator, I continue to grow through experience, through working alongside seasoned educators to enhance my teaching. I look forwards to meeting the challenges of each new academic year and how I can improve my performance in the classroom.
What stemmed from simple childhood coloring books became a lifelong interest in the visual arts. During my undergraduate studies I had the opportunity to tutor others and spend a semester as a student teacher. I began thinking about how to apply my knowledge and skills into a viable artistic profession. I realized that I needed a career that is personally rewarding, where I can use my artistic background to enrich the lives of others. I combined my love of art, learning and teaching into a career in art education.
Learning is a lifelong process. My goal is to encourage all students to see art as a creative outlet, to instill an enjoyment and appreciation for the artistic process and an understanding of aesthetics. I provide differentiated and scaffolded instructions as well as technology applications in every lesson to build students’ readiness for advanced secondary and collegiate courses. I include historical and contemporary art history as well as current industry trends to connect objectives to authentic learning.
I have an eclectic classroom management style that leans towards an authoritative viewpoint to provide students with the optimal environment that fosters social-emotional learning, interaction, creativity, diversity, mutual respect and appreciation of cultures to facilitate students’ artistic voice as they explore abstract concepts and strengthen their connection to the creative process.
As an art educator I enhance my own teaching abilities by working with colleagues to develop curriculum, share ideas, and receive feedback on the effectiveness of my teaching. I encourage students to provide feedback on projects and assignments so that I can develop future lessons that will continue to challenge their critical thinking skills and technical abilities.
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