Sunday, July 13, 2014

"The times they are achangin'!"

At least that's what Bob Dylan said. 

Once again, it's been forever since I posted here.

There have been a lot of changes and there are many more to come. 

First, I've left my home away from home, my school of the last sixteen years. Good bye, De Zavala Elementary. Farewell to students and colleagues, friends and families. I'll miss you all. So long to the Houston Independent School District. 

There are a few things I won't miss, like teaching art without a sink in my classroom for the past six years. 

I've taken a teaching position much closer to home. I'll be the new art teacher at St Stephens Episcopal School. And, yes, I'll have a sink. Actually, I'll have two sinks!

Like I said before, there will be a lot of changes. St Stephens is a Montessori school. I won't be teaching pre-kindergarten any more. Instead, I'll be teaching kinder through twelfth grade including IB Art. I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead. At the same time, I'm looking back to my experiences before I began teaching in public school and looking to see how I can use them. 

A long, long time ago I taught as a visual artist/instructor. I taught all over the city and beyond. I taught after-school art from Katy to Spring and everywhere in between. I gave workshops for children at the Houston Children's Museum and a workshop for adults at the Margaret Austin Center up by Chapel Hill. I was on the Texas Commission on the Arts' artist-in-education roster. I've worked with everyone from three year olds to senior citizens. 

Now is the time to bring everything I know and all I know how to do together in one place and really go for it. It is an opportunity to bring all the threads of my interests and passions together and weave them into a tremendous teaching tapestry.

I'm looking forward to meeting my new students and setting up a space for us to create art. I've already been to my new classroom, measuring and dreaming of the coming year. Wonderful things are in the works!

Hang on tight, everyone, it's going to be one wild ride!

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