Philosophy of Teaching:
Every classroom presents a unique community of learners that varies not only in abilities, but also in learning styles. My role as a teacher is to give the children the tools with which to cultivate their own knowledge. To accomplish this goal, I will teach the needs of each child so that all learners can feel capable and successful. I will present curriculum that involves the interests of the children and makes learning relevant to life. I will incorporate themes, projects, group work, individual work, and hands-on learning in order to make students active learners.
I am a native of Greensboro and graduated from Greensboro College with a BS in Art Education. I am in my 26th year of teaching and my 34th year of coaching. I was NGMS's athletic director for 12 years and I am the Varsity assistant softball coach at NGHS. I love what I get to do as an art teacher here at Northern middle school. It truly is a great place to come to work every day! I have a dog named Ethel who is pretty awesome if I do say so myself and she and I love to go on squirrel chasing adventures when I am not here at NGMS!
Scope of Classes:
Explorations 6th grade:
This course offers sixth grade students an opportunity to explore their interests in art. The students will focus on principles and elements of art. In 6th grade, this semester we will work on projects that convey the principles of art; Balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm and unity.
Art 7th grade:
The course is designed for seventh grade students who should have a strong interest in art. The students will focus on principles and elements of design. Students are encouraged to explore the variety of activities designed to stimulate active participation in the creative process through verbal and visual communication. In 7th grade, this semester, we will work on projects that convey the elements of art; shape, value, color, form, space, and texture.
Art 8th grade:
This course is open to 8th grade students who have a strong interest in art. It is recommended but not required that they successfully complete seventh grade art. These students will develop a more extensive understanding of the principles and elements of design. As a means of assessment, skill development, aesthetics and procedures will be implemented. In 8th grade art this semester we will work on projects that use the principles and elements of art.