I have been teaching art here since 1993! Wow! My favorite part about this job is helping students learn about art, and to use their own ideas and surprise themselves. We learn about common and unusual art tools and materials like clay, paint, tin foil, candles and toothpaste! It's always an interesting discovery to experience new stuff.
I wasn't always an art teacher; I used to be a graphic artist and photographer. I have also taught gymnastics and worked with horses (I love horses!), but teaching art is what I have always wanted to do. I enjoy many types of art, but drawing and watercolor painting are my favorites. I do sell my work at art shows and galleries sometimes.
I think it is important for all people learn to appreciate art in the world around them and create amazing art with effort and encouragement. It's fun to find new ways to express yourself.