Being an artist does not stray far from being a teacher; they both come from the heart and soul. Parker J. Palmer once wrote in The Courage to Teach, “Teachers choose their vocation for reasons of the heart, because they care deeply about their students and about their subject”. This belief fuels my passion to teach youth today and continues to strengthen my goal to mentor art educators. Twelve years ago, through a grant from the Aspen Foundation and Anderson Ranch Art Center, I taught in five elementary schools along the I-70 corridor which otherwise went without an art curriculum. This was my first introduction to schools without an art program and I clearly saw the mark it left on their students. This experience solidified my lifelong commitment to develop programmatic excellence in the arts. As an art educator, I believe it is essential to help our students acquire essential 21st-century skills to ensure their success in work, study, and citizenship.
Following the development of RE-2’s Elementary School Art Program, I taught ten years at Colorado Academy. As a Senior Art Instructor, my immediate responsibilities included designing and implementing a renowned art curriculum. I also organized and lead various interim studies, community service programs, and art exhibitions including an Annual All-School event. I sat on many community committees and was an advisor for students in grades 9-12. In addition, I collaborated with classroom teachers to initiate and launch a series of cross-curriculum global art lectures and workshops. This included my involvement as a Pilot Teacher for ART:21.
David Shenk, author of The Genius in All of Us believes, “Greatness is something to which any kid—of any age—can aspire”. There is nothing greater than guiding and encouraging our youth to be the best they can be.
Parker J. Palmer once wrote in The Courage to Teach, “Teachers choose their vocation for reasons of the heart, because they care deeply about their students and about their subject”. Theresa believes that being an artist does not stray far from being a teacher; they both come from the heart and soul.