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Elementary Art Educators

Lisa Almond Blain

Pauline Glenn Springs Elementary & Roebuck Elementary, Artist Teacher

blainla@spart6.org

  

I grew up having a grandmother that was an artist teacher. She had a great influence on my life and my love of art. She taught me how to do oil painting and china painting at a young age. I knew I was destined to have a career in art. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in studio art I also went to The Portfolio Center in Atlanta and majored in Graphic Design and Illustration. I studied with illustrator George Parrish Jr. who taught me his watercolor painting techniques. I worked a few years in the field of Graphic design and advertising. I worked for a few advertising companies and did some freelance work.  While living and working in Atlanta I decided to return to college and obtained my art teacher certification from The University of Georgia. I later added an Elementary teaching certification through USCS.  I have been an artist teacher for over 20 years. I have always wanted to obtain my Master’s Degree in Art education so after two years of study at Converse College I now have completed that goal. Through the process, I have a renewed sense of teaching and being an artist teacher. I am excited to be doing my own artworks and bringing that into my art classroom for my students to learn through my example. I plan to paint, create and continue to grow and share as an artist and an artist teacher.

 

Teresa Cheser

Fairforest Elementary School, Art Teacher

chesertb@spart6.org

 

I was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and I lived in Maryland and North Carolina prior to moving to Spartanburg with my family. My education includes graduating from Spartanburg High School, earning a BFA from USC in art education and a Master’s in Gifted Education and 30 hours above Master’s from Converse College. I am currently teaching my 39th year at Fairforest Elementary.

 

I currently live in Spartanburg with my husband of 37 years. I have two married daughters living in Atlanta, Ga and Athens, GA. I also have two cats, Martin and Sassy. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and creating art.

 

 

 

Heidi Eckert

Lone Oak & Anderson Mill Elementary School, Art Teacher

eckerthe@spart6.org


 

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida into a military family. We soon moved and lived in several states and countries throughout my childhood before settling in Connecticut. I participated in many musical and choral programs before becoming invested in art during high school.

 

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University in 2010 and in 2014 a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Post University. After graduating with my undergraduate degree, I worked as an early childhood teacher and an art teacher for young children. In 2015, I began teaching art in the Manchester public schools in Connecticut until early 2017. My position as art teacher at Lone Oak Elementary began in the fall of 2017 after relocating to South Carolina earlier this year.

 

 

 

Meghan Ford

West View Elementary School, Art Teacher

fordms@spart6.org


I grew up in Pauline, SC and graduated from Dorman High School in 2009.  While at Dorman, I participated in a variety of art classes including sculpture and watercolor.

After graduating high school, I attended USC Upstate where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Art Education with a Minor in Art History. While at USC Upstate, I served with the National Art Education Association, USC Upstate Student Chapter, as vice president for one year and president for two years. During my time at USC Upstate, I was fortunate to have the experience of teaching at Pauline Glenn Springs Elementary School, Anderson Mill Elementary School, Gable Middle School and Dorman Freshman Campus.

In the fall of 2013, I became a proud member of the District 6 art staff. During my first year of teaching, I taught at Anderson Mill Elementary School, Arcadia Elementary School and West View Elementary School. Now I am a full time Wildcat at West View Elementary.

During the summer, I enjoy teaching summer classes and have had the opportunity to teach at Lone Oak Elementary and West View Elementary.

 

Elaine Moore

Arcadia Elementary School, Art Teacher

MooreEW@spart6.org

 

I grew up in Spartanburg, SC and attended District Six Schools. I am a graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. I have taught in District Six since 2005.  I am a member of SCAEA and enjoy being a part of the state organization.

As a young child, I enjoyed arts and crafts. My parents encouraged and supported my inquisitive nature of exploring how to create things. Converse College gave me an opportunity to further those artistic dreams.

I love teaching at the elementary school level and seeing students become excited about painting and using all the wonderful art supplies. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family. I also like attending festivals and checking out all the neat arts and crafts on display. Traveling to new places is another favorite part of my life.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Tripp

Jesse S. Bobo & West View Elementary School, Art Teacher

trippel@spart6.org


I grew up right here in Spartanburg District 6 schools and participated in gifted art and music from elementary school at Anderson Mill Elementary through high school at Dorman. I discovered a special interest in visual art at a young age and often took private lessons in the summer months to strengthen my skills.

I began taking studio classes as a college freshman at Anderson University and decided that year to pursue a degree in Art Education. At Anderson, I served as Vice President of the art education club and thoroughly enjoyed my fellow classmates and professors. My four years at Anderson were wonderful and I am so thankful for them. I graduated cum laude, in the spring of 2012 with my Bachelors in Art. After graduating, I pursued a desire to travel, landing in the mountains of California and working with fifth and sixth grade students as a Naturalist. In 2015 I came back home to South Carolina and in the fall of 2016 I began teaching in Spartanburg District 6 at Jesse S. Bobo Elementary.

Outside of the classroom, I serve as a worship leader at NewSpring Church in Spartanburg and enjoy training for and running races. I am a newlywed (March 2017) and enjoy spending time with my husband.

 

 

­­­­­­­­Melissa Wilkins,

Anderson Mill Elementary, Art Teacher

WilkinsMW@spart6.org


I am originally from Spartanburg, SC and I loved art from a very early age. As a student, I took as many art classes as possible until I graduated from Dorman High School.  I have always loved to draw, and it remains my favorite artistic medium today.


I continued my love of art in college and graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. I decided to pursue my studies in Art History at the graduate level in London, England, where I earned a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Upon completion of my Master’s dissertation on Black Mountain College, I took an internship to work for Sotheby’s Art Auction House in Chicago, IL.  I then decided to pursue another passion—Interior Design—and was hired to work for an interior design company in Charleston, SC.  I later decided to return to school and took classes in Interior Architecture at the New England School of Art and Design in Boston, MA before transferring to Clemson University where I received a Master’s Degree in Architecture in 2012.  I found my true passion as an art teacher and love working with young, inquisitive students. I have been able to infuse a diverse background of educational, professional, and life experiences into the classroom and enjoy teaching lessons rooted in art history, design, and architecture.


In my spare time, I enjoy decorating, antique shopping, and traveling, as well as spending time with family, friends, and my two English Bulldogs.

Jackie Weeks

Roebuck Elementary School, Art Teacher

jweeks@spart6.org


I grew up in Cleveland County N.C.  I have always enjoyed drawing, painting, and photography. As a young adult, I acquired my informal art education in the bohemian district of Atlanta. I continued to pursue artistic endeavors as a hobby while I raised my family and worked with students with profound disabilities.

Eventually, my love of art, and my wonderful husband, persuaded me to return to college for a degree in art education. Therefore, in 2009, I, along with my five children, set off to college. While working towards my degree, I also worked in home health care, often with Alzheimer’s patients. I found that the arts, both visual and musical, were especially beneficial to those suffering from Alzheimer’s.

I received my Bachelor’s of Art Education from the University of South Carolina in 2015 and accepted a temporary teaching position at Dorman High School. I began taking graduate courses and obtained my Bachelor’s Plus 18. The following year I accepted my position at Roebuck Elementary where I currently serve as the art teacher.

My husband and I enjoy traveling, ceramics, and photography. I also enjoy serving alongside my family at church and through a local jail ministry.

 

 

Amelia Lorenz

Woodland Heights Elementary School, Art Teacher

 

Art rescued me from high school.  It was my refuge and my joy.  Since then, art has been for me a safe place.  One where I could:

Play

Laugh

Experiment

Argue

Lash out

and Escape.

Aside from all that, painting in particular is a form of meditation for me and I have always wanted to share that open window with my students.  My sister might say I began teaching around age 4 or 5.  She was my first and most challenging student.  Later, as an English major (???), I decided that my true passion was for art—a more accessible vehicle for teaching creative thinking.  Now, I feel like I play all day.  I love the enthusiasm and sheer joy of young students recognizing their own creative power to express themselves.

Outside the classroom, I still paint.  I have been a member of the NAEA, SCAEA, NBCT, and Spartanburg Artist’s Guild at various times.  But, my favorite place to be is in the art room.