2014 - 2020

Texas Standard Teaching Licence

Texas Educators Association
2008 - 2014

Texas Standard Teaching Licence

Texas Educators Association


Jan 2009 - Apr 2009

Continuing Education

Focus on the Family Institute
Aug 2004 - May 2008

BSE in Art Education

Oklahoma Baptist University

Work experience

Work experience
Aug 2010 - Present

Art Teacher

Allen ISD

Teaching is passion, patience, excitement and above all it is about empathy.

As a high school art teacher, I have found that you have to capture their hearts before you can capture their minds. I strive to provide a rich and meaningful educational experience for all of my students by offering opportunities above and beyond the everyday classroom.

Enrichments I supervise for my students include:
Online Classroom Management Program, "Canvas"
Teacher-run Art Blog
Interactive Discussion Boards
After School Open Studio Art Activities
Artist Visits and Lectures
Art Clubs and National Art Honor Society
Digital Art and Photography Activities
Curatorial and Gallery Events on Campus
Installation Art Opportunities Around Campus
Over 10 Art Contests and Shows Each Year

I am the sponsor for the National Art Honor Society, an academic and service society. We have over 90 students enrolled and have won over $2000 for our students through art contests, scholarships and auctions.

2011 - present

I am also the UIL Academic Spelling coach for our high school team.

District Team Champions 2013, 2014

Regional 2nd Place Team, 2013

Regional 1st Place Team, 2014

State Qualifying Team, 2014

Jan 2011 - Aug 2013

Continuing Ed Teacher

Collin College

An opportunity to work with adults of all ages who want to enrich their lives through Continuing Education pottery classes.

Aug 2009 - Aug 2010

Assistant Director


An opportunity to teach, manage people, handle parent concerns, make curriculum, organize events, keep the books, change diapers, drive the school bus, do local and national marketing, and always do my best to make my boss look like a Rock Star.

Aug 2008 - Jun 2009

Substitute Teacher

Frisco ISD

An opportunity to test my flexibility and classroom management skills.

Jan 2009 - Apr 2009

Elementary Intern

The Classical Academy

A great opportunity to see how a wonderful charter school runs and to do the things I love- encourage kids and teach art.

Feb 2008 - May 2008


Private Painting Lessons

An opportunity to teach one-on-one with an older student.

Jul 2007 - Jul 2007


University of Oklahoma Precollegiate/ OUTREACH Programs

A great opportunity to work with professors, teachers and artists to reach the next generation.

Jan 2007 - May 2007

Art Teacher for Alternative Program

Tecumseh Alternative School

A fabulous opportunity to learn how to write grants and work with at-risk students, both middle school and high school.



Rapport with Parents and Peers

Organization Skills

Classroom Management

Lesson Plans

Every school has a different personality and every class a different set of needs. The art classroom is a place to be challenged, a place to explore, a place to share ideas and a place to grow. Teaching is not an easy task but one well worth the work. For more information on lesson plans, please visit www.laurahelms.wix.com/artonline

High School - Oaxacan Animals Lesson Plan

        Easily adapted for younger students, this lesson allows students to visit another culture and imagine.

        Powerpoint Link.

High School - Collage Self Portrait Lesson Plan

        A challenging project that forces students to see collage in a new way.

        Powerpoint Link.

Middle School - Shoe Drawings Lesson Plan

        Let the hand follow the eye across a familiar friend- our shoes!

Middle School - Texture Beasts Lesson Plan

      Finding hidden textures in the everyday world and using creativity to bring out the hidden creatures.

Elementary School - Fabric Batik Lesson Plan

      Creating designs and images in a new way, as well as exploring color.

Elementary School - Stitchery Lesson Plan

      Turning simple fabric and yarn into something worthwhile and full of personality.

Student Art Portfolio

My Studio Portfolio