Objective: To obtain a challenging, full-time position utilizing strengths in the areas of K-12 art education, after-school arts, art production, business marketing, arts management, and international cultures.
As your school searches for creative and enthusiastic educators to fill available positions, please allow me to share some of my unique qualities and background experiences which will benefit your K-12 visual arts students.
I have many life experiences which took place in multiple countries around the globe (mainly in Africa and Europe) and I have two university degrees. My first undergraduate degree is a B.S. in business marketing from Iowa State and the second is a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia in art education. At UGA, I had three art education courses with Dr. Richard Siegesmund, who obtained his doctorate at Stanford University while working under Elliot Eisner, a pioneer in the field of art education. Elliott Eisner's article, “10 Lessons the Arts Teach,” can be found on the front page of the National Art Education website. These ideas are developed in E. Eisner's book, “The Arts and Creation of Mind,” (2002) which I studied in one of Dr. Siegesmund's UGA Art Education courses. I believe many of Eisner's ideas are extremely relevant to educators and students who are challenged by our ever-changing culture and global society:
“The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solutionand that questions can have more than one answer.
The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.” *
*Retrieved from the National Art Education Association website: http://www.naea-reston.org/advocacy/10-lessons-the-arts-teach. 1-28-2010.
My love of art and teaching has been life long. My first degree, had I followed my heart, would have been in art education, but at the time, I believed that a business degree would provide more security. After homeschooling our children and teaching art at various times and in various countries, it became further apparent that my passion lies in teaching art to youth. In order to be able to do this in a more structured environment, I decided to go back to university, earn a BFA in Art Education, and obtain a Georgia teaching license.
Another aspect of my background which benefits students are my visual art lessons and stories related to my cross-cultural experiences living in Africa and Europe. I enjoy sharing these lessons, opportunities, and challenges from my time spent in South Africa, Zimbabwe, France, and Italy. As our culture moves toward a global perspective, I appreciate the desire to provide students with relevant content to aid in multi-cultural understandings. My first hand experiences opened my eyes to the breadth and depth of students' needs and abilities within various cultures and in turn, provides students with knowledge and stories related to these first hand experiences. For instance, our family lived in South Africa for one year during the ten-year anniversary of their democracy. I had the unique opportunity of teaching teens in an afterschool arts program near the township, Masiphumelele. These students had few material possessions but were rich with artistic skills and talents that blossomed in the afterschool program. On the other hand, in Italy, I co-taught Italian speaking 2nd graders in a small elementary school in a small medieval hilltop town, Cortona. During the three months studying at UGA's art program in Italy, I co-taught art lessons that combined aspects of Italian & American art and social studies. These lessons concluded with the installation of a colorful mosaic mural permanently displayed on the walls of the school. With the language barrier between English, Italian, and in South Africa-Xhosa in place, I learned to use my smile, hand gestures, enthusiasm, chalkboard drawings, and visual aids to communicate information, excitement, and passion for art where oral language translation left off. These experiences provided a base of knowledge concerning student’s diverse needs and applications in the classroom that I trust you will find makes me uniquely qualified to bring a global perspective of art education to your students.