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2013 NAEA Presentation:

Creating Community Connections for Making Art & for the Pre-AP and AP Portfolios

Co-Sponsor- Art Club

It is my great pleasure to be teaching here at "The Mount."  I hope to have a positive impact on my students as they become creative, expressive and contributing community members.

The Fine Arts not only enrich our lives, ultimately, they define us as a culture and record the essence of our society.  Further development and nurturing of the expressive, innate need to create is essential to a total and well-rounded education.  The creative process includes key components such as discovery, invention, experimentation, an inquisitive mind and a sense of play that turn into thoughtful applications of materials and ideas.  I want our students to understand, experience, and appreciate the value and power of the arts in our lives and the opportunities they bring to better understand themselves and other, to respect cultural diversity, and to enlighten and serve in our communities.

Thinking creatively is an asset in all walks of life. One of  my greatest passions is helping students realize their creative potential and guiding them as they find their own personal voice and develop higher level thinking skills through innovative thinking, visual problem solving and the making art process. My favorite quote by Elbert Hubbard, “Art is not a thing, it is a way" has been the foundation of my own career. Making art and the teaching of art has most definitely been “a way - a way to see the world, to express myself and a way to serve others.” 

EDUCATION:                  

 University of Central Oklahoma BA 1972            

MA.ED. 1980 (Specialization in Visual Art) 

SECONDARY TEACHING:  

2008 to Present: Mount St. Mary High School            

1982 to 2008:  Edmond Public SchoolsMemorial HS        

1973-1980:  OKC Public Schools – Northeast HS

Honors and Awards:

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards - National Board Certified Teacher                                

AP Consultant - College Board Endorsed                                                       

2007 – Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence – Medal of Excellence/Secondary Teaching Award    

2007 - 1995 Who’s Who Among American Teachers          

2006 - Triplicity-The Fundamental Nature of Three - IAO Gallery OKC Group Exhibit                

2006 - Oklahoma Governor’s Art's in Education Award                    

2005 - Oklahoma StateUniversity Art Educators’ Exhibit-First Place                  

2004 - Oklahoma City University - Mixed Media Exhibit Exhibition -  Best of Show      

2003 - Publication – Author, “Rembrandt Comes in all Sizes" Powerful Stories From Accomplished Teachers” Corwin Press

2003 - National Art Education Association/US Western Region Art Educator of the Year      

2002 - Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year - Finalist &nEdmond Memorial High School - Edmond Public Schools - Teacher of the Year                          

2001 - Oklahoma Art Education Association Oklahoma Art Educator of the Year              

2001 - The Power of Art-Robert Rauschenberg Foundation National Winner - The Lab of Washington; The National Gallery of Art Washington DC                                          

2001 - OK Art Education Association-OK Secondary Art Teacher of the Year

1994 - Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards -National Teacher Portfolio Award 1 of 5

Personal Info: 

I live in Edmond, OK with my husband Jim. Together we own The Woodshop LTD which specializes is restoring antique wooden boats.  We have been blessed with two children Ben & Cody and Cody's wife Michelle. 

I teach the AP Studio Art curriculum to teachers in summer workshops and teach private art lessons as well. One of my greatest joys is making art in my own private studio working in all drawing mediums, paint, mixed media and printmaking. I also love to travel, read, garden and cook.

 

 


Mount St. Mary Catholic High School
2801 S Shartel Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73109
(405) 631-8865
A Catholic Mercy School in Oklahoma City serving Grades 9-12
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