Art Education

                                        This is a glimpse into my art room….

2016 National Art Education Association Western Region Secondary

Art Educator Award

My teaching philosophy

The investigation of art is a thrilling endeavor, and having the privilege of teaching young people about the power of art makes me extremely happy! The journey is new and different every day – there is never a dull moment!  Teaching and learning are two sides of the same coin, and I encourage my students to teach as they learn, just as I learn in order to be a better teacher.  Art is everywhere and I encourage my students to not just explore the visual culture around them, but to apply critical thinking skills to what they are seeing.   The twenty-first century is witnessing an acceleration of visual communication with the leaps in technology.  It is never more important to become literate in the visual culture that surrounds us!

Subjects I am teaching or have taught

Art I, Art II, Pre AP Art II, AP Art History, AP 2D Studio Art, Sculpture I, Pre AP Sculpture II,  Art and Media Communications, Academic Decathlon,  Destination Imagination, Student Council Sponsor, Art Club, Speech Communication

Current teaching position

T. H. Williams High School, Plano Independent School District (2009 until the present)   A 9th & 10th grade high school.  Team Lead for Visual Arts Department.

Past teaching position

The School for the Talented and Gifted, Dallas Independent School District (2005 – 2009) TAG has many awards but most notably Newsweek’s #1 high school in the US 2006, 2007 & 2009

  • 2009 TAG Teacher of the Year
  • Semi-finalist for Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year

Education

Texas Woman’s University, Masters in Art Education, 2016

University of North Texas, Bachelors in Visual Art Studies 2005, Awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Visual Art Studies

Certifications

  • All Level Art
  • Speech Communications 8-12

Professional Affiliations

  • Team lead Plano ISD Curriculum Writing Committee, June 2015 to present
  • Visual Arts Team Lead Williams High School 2014 to present
  • Williams High School Leadership Team 2012 to present
  • Member Arts and Digital Literacy Advisory Committee, University of Texas at Austin, 2011 to present
  • Member Plano ISD Academy Visioning Committee – Sept. 2010 – March 2011
  • Member Plano ISD Academy Visioning Committee – Sept – Dec 2010
  • National Art Education Association, 2003 to present
  • Texas Art Education Association, 2003 to present

Professional Awards & Grants

  • University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design Alumni Award for Excellence in Art Education, First Place, November 2016
  • Art Centre of Plano for the Love of Art – 2016 Arts Educator Award, Oct. 2016
  • National Art Education Association Western Region Secondary Art Educator of the Year, March 2016
  • ExploreFiber.com awarded Second Place Best Blog of the Year contest by The Art of Education, Jan. 2016
  • Texas PTA – Lifetime Award, Feb. 2015
  • Texas Art Education Association Outstanding Art Educator High School Division, November 2014
  • Plano ISD Award of Excellence in Teaching, Secondary Division, May 2014 –http://www.pisd.edu/about.us/awards.ratings/christine.shtml
  • Teacher of the Year, Williams High School, 2013-2014
  • $1500 Grant awarded by Plano ISD Education Foundation, for purchase of 10 looms for weaving program established at Williams High School, May 2013
  • Spirit of Williams High School Principal Award, 2013
  • SDA Scholar – Surface Design Association scholarship to attend National conference June 2011
  • Teacher of the Year, School for the Talented and Gifted, 2009
  • Semi-Finalist Teacher of the Year, Dallas Independent School District, 2009

Publications – Web & Print

Professional Presentations and Activities
  • Bring Fibers Into Your Curriculum, State TAEA Conference, Dallas, Tx., Nov. 2016
  • Guest moderator for #k12artchat, Exploring Fibers in the classroom, April 28, 2016
  • Texas Art Education Association Site Director Region 10N VASE, Feb. 2015 & Feb. 2016
  • Presentation “Explore Fiber”, “Process over Product”, and “Challenges of Curriculum Transition”, at State TAEA Conference, Galveston, TX, Nov. 2015
  • Presentations Texas Art Education Association State Conference, November 2014 – “Art & Media Communications”, “Essential Question Strategies”, “Explore Fiber”
  • Curriculum writing, Plano ISD Visual Arts Department, 2010 until present
  • Co-presenter – Big Thought Thriving Minds Professional Development, “Question Formulation Technique”, Dallas ISD, Dallas, TX, June 2014
  • Co-presenter – Art & Media Communications Curriculum Workshop, CEDFA, University of Texas at Austin, June 2014
  • Presentation “Essential Question Strategies”, Texas Woman’s University Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium, Denton, TX, April 2014
  • Presentation to Texas Womans University undergraduate art education students – “Essential Question Strategies”, Denton, TX. Oct. 2013
  • Juror – Visual Art Scholastic Event – 2010 until present
  • Presentation, “Essential Question Strategies”, at State TAEA Conference, Dallas, TX., Nov. 2013
  • Presentation, “Innovation in the High School Classroom, at State TAEA Conference, Dallas, TX., Nov. 2013
  • Presentation, “Future of Fibers”, at Contemporary Handweavers of Texas state conference, Addison, May 2013
  • Presentation, Conversations in the Cloud, National NAEA Conference, Ft. Worth, TX., March 2013
  • Presentation, Artist of the Day Videos, State TAEA Conference, San Antonio, TX., Nov. 2012
  • Presentation, STEM TO STEAM Symposium, School for the Talented and Gifted, Feb. 2012
  • Member Educational Committee, Surface Design Association – oversee SDA Scholar program for national organization 2011 until present
  • Webmaster for Contemporary Handweavers of Texas website, 2011 until present
  • Presentation – Irving ISD Fine Art Staff Development Aug. 2010 – “A Fiber Workshop – Felting”
  • Presentation – Texas Art Education Association state conference Nov. 2009 – “Blogging in the Art Classroom”
  • Presentation – Abilene Teacher Staff Development June 2007 – “Fiberarts for Reading and Math”
  • Presentation – Texas Art Education Association state conference Nov. 2005 – “Weaving with Paper”Presentation –
  • Presentation – Highland Park ISD Fine Art Staff Development Aug. 2005 – “Weaving with Paper”

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