I am so lucky to get to teach SCATS at WKU for the 3rd summer in a row. I co-taught with the amazing Ashley Hurt for the 2nd year in a row.
NAEA Conference 2015 New Orleans
This was my 3rd conference I have been able to attend. It was such a rewarding experience!
WKU Art Education Website
For the past three years I have been the WKU Art Education Website Coordinator please take a look wkuarteducation.com
SCATS & ESL
Substitute Teaching 2014
During the Spring of 2014 I had the wonderful opportunity to Substitute Teach in Sumner County. I worked at J.W.Wiseman Elementary, Portland East Middle School and North Sumner Elementary. I substitute taught for many teachers classrooms including: Kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms, Art, Library, Resource Assistants, Teacher Assistants, P.E., to name a few.
Super Saturdays Winter 2014
During the month of February, every Saturday, I had the opportunity to co-teach with fellow art teacher Ashley Hurt. We taught Secret Identity: Releasing Your Inner Super Hero for 3rd and 4th graders. The students learned about "the hero's journey" and how to cover come evil with good in your life. The kids were able to discuss their personal heroes. The students created their own super hero and were able to make a logo, mask, tools, utility belt, gadgets and cape.
Student Teaching Fall 2013
My first student teaching placement was at J.W. Wiseman Elementary under the wonderful Art Teacher Ashley Davison. I had the opportunity to be there during the first nine weeks of school 2013. I was able to teach Kindergarten through 5th grades. Through Ms. Davison's curriculum I was able to teach lessons focused on the Elements of Art. Some of the lessons I taught were over Navajo Weaving, Picasso, Banyan Tree, Origami, Eric Carle and Cityscapes. Ms. Davison and I also Team Taught and Co-Taught several lessons.
The second half of my student teaching was done over eight weeks at Portland West Middle School in Portland, TN. I was able to work with an amazing mentor art teacher, Penny Hauskins. I was able to teach 6th, 7th and 8th grades. I taught a wide range of lessons: Zentangles, Mandalas, Zendalas, Day of the Dead, Clay Containers, Pop Art, Triptychs and Perspective. I pushed myself out of comfort zone and taught several lessons I never had before.
During the month of June I had the privilege of teaching "Recycled Books with a Digital Twist" to a group of students that had just completed 6th, 7th and 8th grades. This project engaged the students to focus on themselves and explore who they are. We worked in studio classroom setting and then moved on to computer lab so the students could work on Apple computers using Adobe Photoshop to develop their book to higher level. At the end of the two week class the students had created three books.
During June 2014, I was able to teach a group of ESL students during their summer camp program at Warren Elementary in Bowling Green, KY. We worked on a glue drawing with oil pastels of Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. We also were able to do bubble art and bookmaking. The students were prompted, to write in their books they created, what they were thinking if they looked out their window and saw a starry night.
NAEA National Conference Fort Worth March 2013
Super Saturdays Winter 2013
During this Winter Super Saturday Session I co-taught with Ashley Hurt. We taught "Strings, Wings, Stories and Things" to a group of 1st graders. The students walked into a different fairy tale theme every Saturday. The students were able to create projects using their imaginations based on the theme for the day. The themes were: Castles and Dragons, Alice and Wonderland or Pirates. We also had Parent Day, were the parents were able to come in and create a puppets for a show to preform with the parents.
Fall Super Saturdays 2012
This was my first opportunity to teach on my own for Super Saturdays at WKU. I taught Paparazzi Prints in Photoshop to middle school students. The students were in a mac lab setting for all four Saturdays. Students created a magazine cover using their image, made Pop Art prints, Stop-Motion videos and worked in groups creating a clay-mation video.
Teaching Portraits at Butler County High School
During November 2012 I had the opportunity to teach Complementary Monochromatic Portraits at Butler County High School. The awesome Mrs. Catron Burdette was my mentor teacher. I was able teach to her painting class that was made up of 10th, 11th and 12th graders. The students used a gray scale photo of themselves to produce their image. The students had to paint themselves using values of one monochromatic color. The students then had to use the complement of that color to do the values for the background and/or a focal point.
Teaching Art and Incorporating Reading at Alvaton Elementary
During the Fall 2012, every Friday for 10 weeks, I was able to teach to Mrs. Tamara O'Nan's 6th grade class at Alvaton Elementary in Warren County, KY. I taught bookmaking and watercolor techniques using the 7 Habits. It was part of their "Sharpen the Saw" Friday's. I had only 40 minutes each Friday to teach from 20-60 students. It was a they could use art and writing to further push Warren County's use of "The 7 Habits".
Assisting Art Teacher Sandra Carter at Warren Central High School
Once a week, for 10 weeks during Fall 2012, I was placed with art classes at Warren Central High School. I assisted art teacher Ms. Sandra Carter during her daily duties. This school is the most diverse in Kentucky, it represents 26 different nationalities and languages. The students here are harder to get to know, but once they let you in, it is still by far one of the most amazing experiences I have had in my pre-service teaching experience. While I was there I had the opportunity to teach watercolor techniques and origami book making to the Art Club.