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Middle School Art Educators

Heather Dillard

Dawkins Middle School, Art Teacher

 

I grew up in Lyman, SC. I participated in Irish dance for 12 years and took private violin lessons for 6 years. In 2009, I joined the James F. Byrnes orchestra for 4 years of my high school experience. I attended James F. Byrnes High School where my love of art flourished through multiple art courses. During my senior year, I took a teacher cadet course where I learned about art education.

I received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2016. As an undergraduate student, I took multiple fine art, art history and teaching courses. Upon graduation, I took on the library assistant position at Woodland Heights Elementary School. In the fall of 2017, I began teaching art at R. P. Dawkins Middle School.

In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, painting, and spending time with my family, friends, dog and cat.

Aimee Price

R.P. Dawkins Middle School, Art Teacher

priceag@spart6.org

 

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.

Lisa Clements

L.E. Gable Middle School, Art Teacher

clemenme@spart6.org

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.

Savannah Griffith

Fairforest Middle School, Art Teacher

 

I was born and raised right here in the heart of Spartanburg, South Carolina. I began my art journey at a young age, participating in Art and Music Visions with District 6 at Fairforest Elementary School. I went to middle school at Fairforest Middle School where I participated in the Art Visions program including the first trip to New York City! I knew then that I wanted to be an Art Teacher. I continued with four wonderful years of the best art classes at Dorman High school where I began searching for art colleges to continue my journey in art.

 

I began pursuing a bachelor’s of Art Education at Converse College in the fall of 2012. I experienced art in a completely new fashion during this time. From welding to stained glass, I learned so much. When I had completed my student teaching, I knew there was only one district I wanted to work for, Spartanburg County District 6. That had been my dream since I was in middle school.

 

In August 2016 I began teaching at Fairforest Middle School in the very classroom that I knew what the Lord had called me to do. My dreams came true and still do each day as I teach such wonderful aspiring artists. I thank the Lord every day for the privilege to work in the best district with the best children.

 

I love Jesus, my family and my husband Phillip. I spend my weekends with family, cheering on the Clemson Tigers, and at church.

 

Dawn Robertson

L.E. Gable Middle School, Art Teacher

roberscd@spart6.org

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.

Cheryl Stemple

Fairforest Middle School, Art Teacher

 

I was born in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, 100 miles west of Boston, Massachusetts, and lived there until I graduated from college.  I played piano from an early age, always loved art, and participated in art and chorus groups throughout high school and college.  After graduating from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth with a BFA in Textile Design, with a minor in art education, I worked as a textile designer for a large textile company in Clarksville, Virginia, Burlington, North Carolina, and New York, New York. The city was amazing but we only really saw the sights when someone came to visit!   It wasn’t until my family moved to Hickory, North Carolina, that I returned to college to earn my teaching certificate in Art Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University.  I have taught many different grade levels while living in Hickory but am currently teaching art to grades 6-8.

 

My husband and I have been married for 31 years and have three daughters and one son-in-law.  We live in Spartanburg with our three cats and one turtle.  My interests include attending family gatherings, WVU football games, and traveling.  I also love to learn more about artists, creating art, and sharing different mediums with my students.