The Big Picture has been offering a yearlong fellowship to educators interested in developing their skills and understanding of arts integration. This summer we had over 150 applications! It was a definite challenge to narrow down the field of amazing educators who would work with Big Picture educators over the 2014-15 school year. We’re thrilled to introduce the three teams of educators who were selected. In their own words, they describe where and what they teach and answer one of the following questions:
- Why are the arts essential to what you teach?
- What do you hope to get out of the fellowship?
- What is your favorite work of art from the NCMA collection, and why?
I teach 5th grade at the Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Greensboro, which is in Guilford County. Art is essential to what I teach because my students may not be able to say what they are thinking with words, but they can show me through their artwork.
I am a 5th grade ESL teacher at the Doris Henderson Newcomers School, which is a public school in Guilford County. Our school serves refugees and immigrants who have recently arrived in the U.S. I have always said that working at our school is like traveling without leaving home. Our students bring with them a myriad of backgrounds and experiences. Art is an essential tool in my teaching because of its psychological effects on my often traumatized students. Teaching content curriculum with art allows me to put my students at ease while motivating them to learn. It has become an invaluable asset to my teaching.
I teach 10th grade English at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh. My favorite work of art at NCMA is Gerhard Richter’s Station (577-2) because its psychedelic colors and messy geometry are just plain fun to take in.
I teach AP Environmental Science at Leesville Road High School. I am starting my ninth year at Leesville. I’ve been a college professor at Davidson College, UNC–CH, and UNC–Wilmington. I have also been a business owner and hospital administrator. I really like teaching and look forward to using art to help my students love and appreciate science and the arts.
I teach visual arts at Currituck County High School. We live on the beautiful northeast coast of North Carolina. Working with the fellowship is going to enable my colleague and me to pursue a fusion approach to teaching art and English. Working thus far with our advisor, Camille, has been incredible! She is able to bring all the resources the Museum can offer to our collaboration. We are truly excited about the potential to effect change in teaching at our school!
I teach English language arts, primarily 10th grade and AP Literature and Composition, at Currituck County High School in Barco, North Carolina. We are part of the OBX. Why do I love the arts? For me, they are a vehicle I ride in to get to the truth. Our ability to create and appreciate art is what separates us from other living creatures. Art is my comfort food; it’s what I “eat” to feel at home.