Art Education Teacher
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Art Education State University College at Buffalo, New York Masters in Education, Childhood 1-6 University at Buffalo, New York Post Masters in Special Education, Birth-6th Grade Buffalo State College, New York New York State Professional Certification, Art Education: K-12 Childhood Education: 1-6 and Birth-2 Initial certification in Special Education, Birth-6th Grade CPR/First Aid Certification
As an educator, my goal is to create a sense of community within the classroom that embraces diversity and individuality. Within their home away from home, students will be aware of expectations that will create an engaging, energetic, flexible, and well managed learning environment. Students will be encouraged to take on leadership roles that will ultimately build self-efficacy. Lastly, I pledge to teach my students the meaning of integrity, and how to become a successful member of society.
Student Art Gallery
Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up. -Allen Klein
We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square. -Michelle Obama
Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don't give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people. -Tena Desae
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. -Pele
The successful always has a number of projects planned, to which he looks forward. Anyone of them could change the course of his life overnight." -Mark Caine
I love the ocean. I've always liked the blue, so tranquil and peaceful and gliding. And the fear of it. -Siouxsie Sioux
by Eric Litwin Year Published: 2012 by Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault Year Published: 1989 by Leo Lionni Year Published: 1959 by Eric Carle Year Published: 1975 by David McKee Year Published: 1968 by Audrey Penn Year Published: 1993
Many educators are searching for new strategies to connect with their students because their in-person techniques don’t transfer to distance learning. Students of all ages feel more motivated and willing to take risks with teachers that intentionally support their social and emotional needs. Students who don’t feel a connection with their teachers may disengage during distance learning.
Luckily, with some creativity, collaboration, communication, technology and planning, you can still build rapport and a strong learning community from a distance. Here are 18 ideas for supporting students’ social and emotional needs from your home.
Incorporate Community Building into Class Meetings
- Ask students how they are doing and request feedback on how the work is going. This simple gesture opens up honest communication.
- Invite a counselor to join a class meeting.
- Allow a few students to show something personal to the class, like a pet, a collection, or a picture. Join in on the fun! Seeing you share will help them feel safe to share.
- Allow time for chatting and silliness. Some of your students may not be getting this opportunity in their homes, and laughter is a great emotional release.
- Plan a meeting to show school pride. You might suggest everyone wears a crazy hairstyle or school colors. With everyone so isolated, this reminds students that you are still a safe and caring community.
- Incorporate routines to give kids a sense of normalcy and familiarity. Try starting the meeting with a stretch or quick chant and closing it with a song. Maybe families can volunteer to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Celebrate what students are doing outside of remote learning. They may want to show you a craft project or tell you about a game they played. One student may inspire another student to try something new.
- Go on an online field trip together. Many zoos and museums are creating ways to access their collections online.
- Create optional meetings just for fun. You can eat breakfast, watch a movie, or read aloud to them. Even teens like participating in these fun events.
- If you are allowed into your classroom, hold a meeting from there to remind students of a safer time.
Interact with Students
- Communicate with students and parents about your expectations for this challenging time and ask them for feedback.
- If allowed, coordinate a parade of teachers. All the teachers can drive through the neighborhood at a specific time while students stand outside their doors and wave.
- Send a hand-written note to your students.
- Call students.
- Use messaging apps and social media to chat with teens. They may be more likely to open up and be natural on these informal communication channels.
- Create a video compilation with teachers or students. They can be singing a song, posing with a pet, or just saying hi.
- Assign work that encourages interaction and reflection.
- Send video messages of encouragement or even something silly. One high school principal sent a video message of him talking about expectations. At the end of the video, he got up, turned around, and showed a funny note taped to his backside.