American University (BA)
(SVA) School of Visual Arts, NY (Master's)
What is the shortest way to put it? I have a severe case of interminable creativity! I am an art teacher with over six years of teaching experience. In the classroom as a teacher and in my personal art practice I utilize my vast working knowledge of art history, traditional and contemporary artistic methods and materials. When I achieved a Masters in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City my thesis was focused on the importance of play in the process of art and learning. I am mindful of my daily interactions and believe that always looking for the positive in situations allows space for personal growth.
My intentions to foster positive connections within my professional and personal community have resulted in a supportive, healthy outlook on life and learning and my attention to these values through teaching have proven to bring the most joy to my life.
Over the past five years I have been a lead teacher in the After School Program at St. Luke’s School in Manhattan. As a teacher I have introduced many new classes into their comprehensive program and as Assistant Director of the After School Program I was able to continue improving their program from a more administrative perspective.
I enjoy working as a team with my piers by utilizing art techniques and materials for crossing curriculum in the classroom and incorporating differentiated instruction, positive reinforcement and multi-media approaches to learning. I have successfully introduced, taught and devised the curriculum for Experimental Sculpture, Art and the Image, Jewelry Design and Mural Design.
As an art teacher I focus on art history, cultural relevance and personal discovery. My classroom is a working art studio and dynamic forum to share and inspire creative ideas while inventing and learning new ways to bring artistic ideas to life. I enjoy working collaboratively with fellow teachers as it makes lesson- planning fun and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to project planning. My class projects allow students to express emotions, beliefs and personal story lines through visual means connecting them with a wealth of personal, cultural and social understandings. In addition, my personal extra curricular interests in gardening, health and cooking have led me to further contribute several cooking classes and an Urban Gardening class.
You can see that I have many facets of my personality that I love to share.
My personal art practice inspires me to continually implement new and unique lesson plans into my classroom. As a result, my students have a deeper respect and understanding for art making.
When the school year ends I continue to inspire young minds about the world and art through Ms. B’s Busy Bee’s,” a summer camp I designed for kids to choose their own adventure and explore and discover the numerous arts and cultural activities that Manhattan and Brooklyn have to offer. I have taught welding and blacksmithing techniques to college and grad students for the School of Visual Arts Continuing Education Program in NYC.
I have taught Elementary Art at a challenging charter school in N.E. Washington, D.C. and went beyond my duties of the classroom to teach the elementary and middle school students how to design and complete a mural that focused on the school mission and core values. That process inspired a new sense of pride, community and school spirit among under privileged students whom previously had little confidence in their artistic ability and very few positive role models in their lives. I always carry these experiences and life lessons with me as I take on new professional adventures.
Teaching is a calling. You have to love the profession to continue with it. The positive impressions I strive to make in my students path of learning, the life lessons they teach me in return and the friendships and connections I make along the way with parents, faculty, staff and
even the maintenance crew are the kinds of genuine interactions and experiences that keep me working hard in my field. Yes, these things take work, but the joy and inspiration I receive in return is a reward one can hardly translate into words.
I would love the opportunity to further share how my experience, unique personality, skills, and aspirations with you. Thank you for your time and kind consideration! I am happy to provide references, letters of recommendation and examples of student artwork upon request.
Sincerely , Jennifer B. What is the shortest way to put it? I have a severe case of interminable creativity! I am an art teacher with over six years of teaching experience. In the classroom as a teacher and in my personal art practice I utilize my vast working knowledge of art history, traditional and contemporary artistic methods and materials. When I achieved a Masters
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