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About Mr. S

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School year at Aprende Middle School.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to teach you Art this year, and I hope you are equally excited to learn!

Education and Career

Out of highschool I was awarded the Dorrance Scholarship, and that allowed me to spend six years at Northern Arizona University where I received a BFA in Ceramic Arts and a B.S. in Art Education where I graduated in December of 2019. I started at Aprende in January of 2020 and am excited to start a fresh year at such an amazing school! I am fortunate to have studied the Arts abroad in many countries such as France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and China, and taught in a number of those countries. These experiences drive my curriculum to focus on culture, art history, and the unique art styles and techniques from these regions.

More About Me

In addition to the Arts, I am a huge sports fan, dog lover, amatuer saltwater aquarist and coral gardener, geek, tv and cartoon fanatic, record collector, avid reader and plenty more! I was born in Indiana and grew up there for 8 years, lived in California for 2 years and have spent the last 15 years in Arizona. Some day I hope to find a teaching postion abroad and continue teaching and learning there!

Classroom Mission Statement

The mission of my classroom is to expose students to all aspects of the Visual Arts with a focus in intergrating Core Subject areas. This classroom is a safe, inspiring environment where students feel comfortable to take risks and participate in creative problem solving and critical thinking. I will encourage you to look at the world through the lens of the Arts, and recognize it as an integral part of the human experience.