Middle School Art Educators
R.P. Dawkins Middle School, Art Teacher
I grew up in Chesnee, S.C. At Chesnee Middle School, I began taking gifted art classes in the 7th grade. I completed two years of A.P. art at Chesnee High School. During high school, my art teacher was a major influence in my life. She was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher that genuinely loved her students. Because of this major influence, I decided to make art education my career path.
I completed my Bachelor’s of Art Education at Converse College in December 2006. I started teaching at R.P. Dawkins Middle School in August 2007. During my first few years at Dawkins, I completed my Master’s of Art Education.
I commission both watercolor and acrylic paintings. I love to paint in my spare time. I am also an assistant Dorman track coach. When I am not painting, I love to spend time with my husband, my two boys, Greyson and Liam, and my dog and cat.
L.E. Gable Middle School, Art Teacher
I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in a small community called Snowbird. When I wasn’t chasing squirrels or turning over rocks in the creek looking for lizards (to rehabilitate into pets), I was sitting somewhere with a pad of paper and pencil, drawing.
After high school graduation and a year at the local community college, I was restless. I moved away from my tiny town and migrated south. The next few years would bring lots of milestones and blessings beyond my wildest dreams: a wedding and several years later, a baby boy. Stay-at-home-Mom became my new occupation, which allowed me the opportunity to be a constant volunteer when he started school. The time I spent at Fairforest Elementary School with the kids, staff and others was what encouraged the path I would finally choose for my future. When my pre-teen son started middle school, it was no longer “cool” for your mom to volunteer, so I went back to school!
I graduated from Converse College in the spring of 2012 with a BA in Art Education and began teaching that fall at four different schools in District 6. The following year, I was given a single school assignment at Gable Middle School, and found a home.
Every chance I get, I go back to those mountains I left so many years ago, and re-charge my batteries. Family, flea markets and fur babies are a constant source of joy...and a sketchbook is never far from reach.
L.E. Gable Middle School, Art Teacher
I always loved art as a child, and began drawing as soon as I could hold a crayon. I enjoyed my art classes in elementary school, and was placed in advanced classes when I reached junior high. Unfortunately, I did not take much art during high school, because I was very busy with band, but returned to art when I went to college.
I attended Hollins College (now University) in Roanoke, VA, where I received a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in hand-tinted photography. Upon graduation, and finding out that a studio degree was not a very useful thing to have, I enrolled at Converse College to obtain my teaching credentials. I was immediately hired to teach elementary/middle school in Spartanburg District 2, where I remained for 17 years before coming to my current position at Gable. I am now in my 11th year at GMS.
Beyond the classroom, I keep myself busy with various artistic endeavors around the community, as well as what I create for personal enjoyment. I am also very involved with my church, animal advocacy/rescue, and my family.
Fairforest Middle School, Art Teacher
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 and now enjoy my time teaching at Fairforest Midlle School.
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.