I’ve always loved art
I’ve always loved art. I’ve done it since I can remember. I got into being an actual artist and selling my stuff about eight years ago. I do a lot of mixed media – found objects and a lot of stuff with silverware. It’s just fun. Finding different objects, common objects that people kind of look at and throw away, I love to repurpose them – old clocks, old watches, basically anything I can find. I go to thrift stores a lot. I just go in there for hours. Sometimes I don’t really have an idea I just find the piece and that sparks the idea. Sometimes I do have an idea and I’m looking for that one special piece. Then it’s like a needle in a haystack, but sometimes you find it.
So I kind of do that on the side any time I have free time. It’s pretty cool because I get to take that and bring it into the classroom and the kids just love it.
This is my 15th year teaching – 14 in kindergarten and one year in pre-K. I’ve just always loved the little ones. They’re so moldable. I just love that they come in not knowing a whole lot and then when that light bulb goes off, especially around January, it’s amazing! And when they leave kindergarten and you’re responsible for that, it’s a pretty awesome feeling.