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Introduce Yourself!

  • 1.  Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 09-24-2018 09:49

    Hello everyone!

    I'm Annie, your Platform Manager. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and being a resource should you run into any questions. Feel free to send me a message here or email me at if I can be of any assistance.

    Since this is such a big group, I thought we might take some time to introduce ourselves!

    I'll kick us off: My favorite color is blue. I have been in Project Management/Member Experience roles for close to 5 years. The best career advice I have ever received is don't be afraid to try something new; the only way to continue growing professionally is to take risks and continually challenge yourself.

    Now it's your turn!

    We can't wait to learn more about who you are, what you do, your favorite color, and your journey into the world of education. Consider also sharing:

    • Why creative teaching and learning matters to you.
    • How you see yourself influencing this learning community.
    • Ways you think this community will influence how you approach teaching going forward.

    Annie Moncure
    Platform Manager

  • 2.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 09-25-2018 11:13
    Hello, all!  I am an ESL teacher for Bartlett City Schools.  This is my first year as an ESL teacher, but I have been a classroom teacher for 20 years, teaching 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders.  I am so excited about using arts integration to help my English language learners become more fluent in English!  The best advice I've ever gotten as a teacher is to remember to be flexible and take care of yourself so that you can be a better, healthier person for your students and family.

    Jenna Winburn
    ESL teacher
    Bartlett Elementary
    Bartlett City Schools
    Bartlett TN

  • 3.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 09-25-2018 11:59
    I am Mary Joe Bheda. I taught Bilingual Science and Spanish for 19 years and now I am ready for a new challenge. I am interested in integrating materials science and art.
    Creative teaching and learning matters to me because it allows Learners to visualize and express their learning in a meaningful manner. I have a love for art and science and I use creativity to plan lessons that include the use of art to visualize and create explanations of their learning.
    I am eager to share ideas and feedback in this community.
    Thank You!

    Mary Joe Bheda IL United States

  • 4.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 09-25-2018 16:03
    Hello, ALL! I'm Ginger Slate a Visual Art Specialist that teaches 9th-12th grade Art in Crossville, Tennessee at Cumberland County High School. I transitioned to the high school level about 4 years ago after teaching grades PK-8 for 20 years. I continue to believe that all KIDS love to create so I have the best job in the world. I love all colors, but I'm partial to a certain hue of orange... GO VOLS!!! Creativity is one of the single most useful life skills I can expose to my students. I have found creative pursuits have helped me solve problems that are in no way connected to creative activities. I have had a LOT of experiences over the years and I'm always willing to share. I look forward to getting to know this community and its members through these discussions.

    Ginger Slate
    Visual Art Specialist
    Cumberland County High School

  • 5.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 10-23-2018 06:28
    This is my 25th year teaching, 17 years as a general educator of  first and third graders and 8 years teaching art. I got the arts integration bug 15 years ago when I returned to teaching after working for 11 years as a professional artist when my children were preschool age. I realized that standardized tests were destroying creativity in the classroom for both teachers and their students. I also found that special needs and ELL students were struggling with "standardized" teaching. I attended a summer workshop that introduced arts integration techniques and have been using the approach since then, but the other teachers in the schools where I worked were reluctant to buy in to AI. This year, I an teaching at an arts Integration School with co-workers that believe in the power of art as an approach  in education. I hope that through this community, I can learn even more about AI and share the tons of lessons that I have created over the past 15 years. I especially love using art to teach reading and writing and I love teaching cultural art projects.
    I love color and incorporate lots of color in my classroom, home and garden. I don't really have a favorite color, but I am drawn to blues, reds and purples. I'm looking forward to connecting with all of the amazing teachers in this community! Michelle

    Michelle Venable
    Art Educator
    Butterfly Ridge Elementary School
    Frederick, Maryland

  • 6.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 10-23-2018 09:03
    Hello, my name is Leslie Nunnery and I am the Visual Arts teacher at Creedmoor Elementary School of the Arts, which is in Granville County, a school system north of Wake county.  I have been at the same school with the most awesome artists anyone could ever ask for 13 years!  I am thrilled to be the person who brings the art world to my students and to allow my artists to be a part of the greater good in our community!

    I am a beach lover, reader, doggie mama & love to take trips with my husband
    !I will be forever be a  lifelong learner!

    Leslie Nunnery
    Creedmoor Elementary School of the Arts

  • 7.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 10-23-2018 10:22
    Nice to meet you!

    Marly Parker
    Arts Integration Specialist/Drama Teacher
    Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School
    Waterbury, CT

  • 8.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 10-24-2018 18:21
    Welcome to creatED, Leslie! :D

    Brandon Roeder
    Arts Coordinator
    Creedmoor Elementary School of the Arts

  • 9.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 10-23-2018 10:12

    Hello! My name is Marly Parker. I've been teaching for 23 years. I am currently the Arts Integration Specialist/Drama Teacher at an urban magnet school. My favorite color is green. My journey into education was sparked by my dad who was an educator for 50 years! I saw how he inspired students to be engaged learners responsible for their future. I would watch him interact with students and knew this was the career for me.

    Creative teaching and learning matters to me because I want my students to use all parts of their brain to engage with learning. I want them to be motivated life long learners who are interested in their personal well being and the well being of others. Creativity fosters situations of individual and group success and allows opportunities to fail which I think are important to being a well rounded learner who strives to find solutions to problems.

    I hope this community helps to spark my creativity and teach me new strategies and information. I hope I can use some of my knowledge and experience to help influence others in this community.

    Marly Parker
    Arts Integration Specialist/Drama Teacher
    Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School
    Waterbury, CT

  • 10.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 10-23-2018 11:55
    There is power in creative learning!  This creatED site seems like the perfect place to share ideas and learn from others one swirl of color and a dose of inspiration at a time!

    My favorite color is Crayola's Tropical Rainforest Green!  My eductional journey began when I was 5 years old. I would teach my dolls and stuffed friends how to read and complete math problems. I was really good at the odd numbered problems, especially since the answers were in the back of the teachers manual that I had gotten from a thrift store with my mom! As an educator, my career has fluctuated a bit, from teaching Pre-K- 3rd, to educating Exceptional Student Education K-12 and currently teaching in an amazing Kindergarten classroom.

    I have always been a Crayola fan! From my first Crayola crayon to my most recent set of Crayola dry erase markers, the Crayola brand is amazing!  I truly feel that creativity and learning go hand in hand. With my husband being a Scholastic Author  and Illustrator for the book series, Third Grade Mermaid, and the way we create learning pages, to my teaching of standards in lessons at the Celebration K-8 School, we believe in the power of creativity and the fact that education and the fostering of creative minds go hand in hand.

    With this colorful creatED educator community I hope to inspire others just by sharing my passion for the arts and education and learn from others beliefs in teaching.  We can all collaborate and share ideas to build each other up and extend the passion for creatively influencing others, especially students.

    Moving forward, it is my desire to share all positive vibes and ideas from this online creatED community to help share ideas and inspire everyone who come to this site!

    Lastly, my favorite quote is inspired from Mark Twain, basically, If you find something you love to do, then you will never work a day in your life!

    Looking forward to a creatively inspired adventure on the education trail with this site filled with fellow educators and creative minded people!

    Dorothy Raymundo
    Celebration K-8 School

  • 11.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 10-23-2018 17:22
    Hi there,

    I'm Heather and I own a silly number of markers. For me, colouring has always been about picking the colours and applying them in big colourful swathes, so I really do need lots and lots.

    My job is children's services librarian at Halifax Central- a large-ish urban public library in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the summer I lead a family drop-in for kids 5 and up and their families and caregivers. My favourite drop-ins are art based. I'm also trying to lead my team in more art experiences for preschoolers and school-aged kids instead of prepped assembly crafts.

    Besides that I'm a mom to two boys ages 7 and 10 and we love to create together! Clay, crayons, pompoms, watercolours, arcrylics, sewing, drawing- we do it all and try new art experiences all the time. Sometimes art afternoons with my kids get scaled up for a library programs later.

    I'm interested in learning more about art education and how I can encourage families to engage in art together at the library and at home.

    Heather Doepner
    Children's Services Librarian
    Halifax Central Library
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • 12.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 10-23-2018 18:34
    Hello everyone!  I'm from East Tennessee and I'm a Reading Interventionist!  I've always been a hoarder of all things art supplies!  I love pens, markers, and there is NOTHING like the smell of a new box of crayons!  I love incorporating art into my intervention lessons when I can.  I serve on the art committee at my school, where as a committee, we seek ways to help our teachers integrate art into the curriculum!  I can't wait to learn more fun and innovative ideas from you guys!

    Martha Jane Alexander

  • 13.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 01-28-2019 20:42
    I'm a K-8 Technology teacher.  I do a lot of graphics and artistic technology activities in my classes.  My favorite colors are blues and greens.    I teach in Indianapolis, IN and I also taught 10 years in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
    Glad to be here!

    Shelley Shinabarger
    Immaculate Heart of Mary School
    Indianapolis IN

  • 14.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 02-18-2019 16:09
    My name is Rae and I am the IR teacher for 9-12. I have been teaching 15 years, all special education. I use art with my students as a way to express their feelings.
    My favorite color is Royal blue- Rockchalk Jayhawks!

    Rae Bilby
    IR teacher
    Lyndon High School
    Lyndon, KS

    Rae Bilby
    Lyndon School district
    Lyndon KS