I have taught for the Sandusky City Schools in Ohio for 35years. I am currently teaching 7th and 8th graders. I have taught K-8, adult ed. and college art classes. I have my bachelor of fine arts from Bowling Green State U. and my masters of art education from the University of Toledo. When I was in second grade, my teacher, Sister Noreen, recommended that I go to the Toledo Art Museum Saturday classes. In those days it was by invitation only. I went for 5 years, what fun!
I have been a member of ... read morethe Ohio Art Ed. Association for 35 years. I am in the OAEA circa society and was the Junior High Divisional Chairperson for a 2 year period. I have presented at the OAEA and the NAEA convention. I have earned over $15,000 in grant money for my art program.
Two years ago, at the Ohio Art Education Association Convention I received 3 awards; The Outstanding Art Teacher of the Year for the Northeast Region of Ohio Award, The Junior High Divisional Teacher of the YearAward for the State of Ohio, and my Circa Society 30 year award. It was a good year!
I presented a workshop for Artsonia.com at the Ohio School Boards Association ,2006 Student Achievement Fair, at the Ohio School Boards Capital Conference and Trade Show at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Nov. 14, 2006.
The WARTS (We're Artistically Radically Talented Students) program (an advanced art class in my junior high),is now in its 27th year. It is an 8th grade honors art class that meets for one period every day of the year. Our signature projects are painting chairs and precious metal clay. You can see both of these projects on artsonia.com.
Art is a big part of my life. Besides teaching, I do other kinds of artwork. I love making all kinds of wearable art. I also enjoy making silver jewelry, painting on silk scarves, knitting and crocheting, (amigurumi), and mosaics. Another interest is doing faux finishes on walls for my home and the homes of clients. The latest thing I have accomplished was to get certified to teach the art of Precious Metal Clay. (This is the new medium that I used in my featured lesson plan.)
I still really enjoy teaching and learning new ideas and trying out new media. I have had the pleasure of helping out 10 student teachers, who to this day are some of my very good friends.
Thank you artsonia for the honor of teacher of the month.
Sincerely, Cheryl Sullivan
P.S. I would like to thank Chris Zess,from Sandusky City Schools, for getting me involved in the artsonia experience.