Cromwell Valley Park

Yesterday and today I had the pleasure of attending another Baltimore County public schools Art teacher workshop, Plein Air Painting at Cromwell Valley park. This park is BEAUTIFUL! A hidden gem for sure. There are beautiful old structures, meadows, many different trees, and a beautiful creek! We found beautiful rocks, river glass, and a mulberry…

Clean Green 15 Challenge

As green school coordinator, I took up the Clean Green 15 Challenge to pick up trash for atleast 15 minutes as many times as possible. After picking up the trash, I would go to the website and enter the data. This data was accumulated throughout the year from students and teachers in the school, as…

Family Haikus

A few of my students participated in the Team BCPS Haiku Contest! There were a total of  over 2,000 entries! 1,494 entries were received from elementary school students, 383 from middle school students, 343 from high school students.

March for our Schools

On March 11th, 2019 educators and community members join together wearing red, to march for approval of the Kirwan Commission, which will fund our schools with the budget we deserve!

Join us! On April 1st we are organizing a demonstration at the County Executive’s office in Towson at the Historic Courthouse. We will present hundreds of postcards to the County Executive and ask the County Executive to find the resources needed to fund our schools, our raises and the additional staff we need so we can provide the world class education our students deserve.

Full STEAM Ahead

I recently attended the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education annual conference in Towson Maryland. This was my first MAEOE conference, and I’m excited to bring more teachers next year! The conference theme was Full Steam Ahead, Expanding the Potential of Environmental Education.  It was wonderful to see so much integration between the arts…

Giving up Approval for Authenticity

So this is my eleventh year teaching art at Ridgely Middle School. I can hardly remember what it felt like to be a new teacher… a bit worried, stressed, and anxious…. About how the students would respond, if they would understand the process, and if they would be as excited as me about it all… About…

Plein Air Painting

For the first three days of summer break, I participated in a Baltimore County Public Schools Art Educator workshop at the Hampton National Historic Site. The first workshop was “Painting with Pastels. We got an overview of some of the history of the site prior to choosing where and what to create and were able…

Schools out in 20 days!

I can hardly believe that this school year will be over in 20 days! This year has been full of adventure for me and my students. I realize looking back, that there was a lot that I have not written about! Here’s a little update on all the amazing work my students have been doing!…

the end of the 7th day, and the beginning for 7 schools…

It is now the evening of the 7th day before work, and I am getting myself prepared for a full day of professional development tomorrow. My school is currently a lighthouse school for a new digital initiative in Baltimore County. It is called S.T.A.T., Students & Teachers Accessing Tomorrow: “A fundamental shift in teaching and learning to…