Countryside Montessori Charter School
5852 Ehren Cut-Off
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 996-0991 ~ (813) 996-0993 fax
I believe there is an artist in every student. My job is to expose students to a variety of mediums, techniques, and styles so that they can find success in the arts! I love to learn about art and continually take classes to further my knowledge whether in techniques, skills, and media, or in modern and contemporary art education. I have three kids: Madison, Kendalynn and Spencer. I am married (28 years) to my husband Michael. We have a kitty named Trixie and a goldfish named #4. We love to travel and explore cities. Boston and Chicago are two of my favorites. In my free time, I love to work with fiber arts.
BA - The University of West Florida
National Art Education Association
Teaching Philosophy/Art Curriculum:
“Teaching for Artist Behavior” modified Choice program with exploring media units and themed art units using media centers of students’ choice.
Teaching for Artistic Behaviors (TAB), sometimes called Choice-based art, is a nationally recognized educational approach to teaching art. http://teachingforartisticbehavior.org/
It is inline with Montessori principles:
developing a positive attitude towards art,
helping each child develop self-confidence,
developing habits of initiative and persistence, and
building a habit of concentration and focus
TAB allows freedom of choice and movement in a prepared environment that is designed to optimize learning. The art room has wooden bookshelves that house different media centers including drawing, painting, collage, and free-choice. There is a research bookshelf full of art books including art history, famous master artists, art jobs, and how-to’s that students can access for inspiration.
Students will be introduced to the 8 Studio Habits of the Mind from Studio Thinking 2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education by Lois Hetland and we will reference them throughout the year.
Engage and Persist
Stretch and Explore
Understand Art Worlds
I design learning goals using the National Core Art Standards and the FL State standards:
I look forward to working with your child(ren) and being a part of their creative journey!