Other experience: BA/Calvin College in elementary education language arts and speech; BA in art; member of Michigan Art Educators Association
I am motivated by helping students to recognize, find and grow in their God-given creativity. I love to help students to see that they can do art and can be very good at it. I am motivated to help children to learn to see lines, shapes, textures, and the relationships between these so that they can gain confidence in their ability to draw. I am motivated to get students to be creative and think outside the box. I love showing them new media and techniques and letting them run with what they have learned. I am inspired by the wonder and variety in God’s creation. I am inspired by children and their work and their ‘ah-ha’ moments. I am inspired by color, lines, textures and new ideas. What brings me joy is seeing a child do what they thought they couldn’t do or are surprised how well they did. I find joy in seeing children produce artwork and develop their skills and recognize and grow in their creativity and artistic abilities. I am married with 2 daughters, 3 stepsons, and 5 grandchildren. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy doing artwork, reading, sewing, antiquing, collect seashells and rocks (I am fascinated by God’s designs in nature – especially those we so easily ignore or don’t notice.), and collecting illustrated children’s Christmas books because I love children’s literature and incorporate it into my teaching.