I am an Art Teacher that provides quality, uncommon techniques, instructional strategies with traditionaland computer technology connections in order to meet the needs of all learners.
I seek to foster students achievement in high-order thinking and problem-solving skills through age-appropriate instruction. Sparking students to find the joy inlearning, discovering and excelling in education is my goal.
Education:Wichita Business College, Wichita, KS April 1980 Friends University, Wichita, KS Bachelor of Arts in Art Education December 2003Master of Arts in Teaching (March 2013)
Professional Licensure: K-12 Art TeacherState of Kansas since 2004Boundary Awareness TrainingCertified April 2012 thru 2017
Work Experience: Visual Artist since 1997. Chase County Art Guild member.Commissioned graphic design projects in 2011. Participate in local art shows.
K-6 Volunteer Bible-Art Sunday School Teacher June 2011-2012Developed own curriculum and instructed biblical-themed art activities
Temporary Special Education Paraprofessional August-September 2011Multiple instructional methods used to meet needs of special education high school students.
KIX After-School Program Art Instructor/Teacher August 2011-April 2012
Action Research Project for Masters program with KIX After-school program (Completed Feb-April 2012)Integrating Language Arts and Visual Arts: The Effects on Retention of Vocabulary (2nd - 4th graders)
Examples of Student Workfrom the Action Research Project:
Students individually expressed the word,joyful using warm and cool colors.
Students created their ownsandwiches. They drew and thenwater-colored their drawings.
Students learned sharing by cutting theircompleted sandwiches in half and combining themwith other students sandwich halves to make twolarge sandwiches.
Students viewed and listened to a story and thendrew parts of the story in a sequential mannerusing colored pencils.
Students hard at work writing thank you Jesusletters. They decorated their letter andenvelope with images and colored them withcrayons.
L to R: Best performing student, me.Background: L to R: Pastor, 2nd grader, twokindergarteners.
Substitute Teacher 2009-12All levels of public schools
YCAT (Youth Creating Art Together) Art Instructor March-November 2010Developed, organized andinstructed weekly after-school artprogram for ages 7-14
K-5 Art Instructor USD 259, Wichita, KS August 2006-December 2008 My third grade students collaborative artproject was published in Crayola 2008-09 exhibition book. Party City New-York Style by Mrs. Gates 3rd graders
Private Tutor November 2004-June 2005Prepared reading test preparation curriculum.
Computer Project/Office Assistant Secretary Social & Rehabilitation Services Wichita/Topeka, KS November 1984-April 1994KsCares computer system trainer, user support staff, tester, staff member. Data entry, accounting clerk, staffing secretary.
Personal Artwork I specialize in 2-D: cut-out/torn papercollage and 3-D art made from recycledmaterials. I also like to use tempera, oil pastels and graphite and watercolor.
Cut and torn paper collage 2011 copyright LJGates