“The fine arts develop cognitive functioning and increase student academic achievement, higher-order thinking, communication, and collaboration skills, making the fine arts applicable to college readiness, career opportunities, workplace environments, social skills, and everyday life.”
Chapter 117. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts
Subchapter B (1)
My name is Katherine Smith and I am excited to be teaching Art 1 to sixth and seventh grade students at MFMS this year! This is my first year teaching in this district and I’m already so proud to be a Mustang!
Originally I gravitated towards teaching because I want to be a positive role model. Furthermore, I think a good education is the single most valuable thing we can possess. I have always had a strong appreciation for the visual arts and while I’m not “gifted” as an artist, I work hard to improve my skills.
When I was 19 years old, I chose to study Art Education at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. After receiving my diploma, I taught High School Art for one year and lived in SE Asia teaching ESL for 3.5 years. I am so glad to be back in the Art classroom. I really cherish the opportunity to lead kiddos to a love of fine arts and an appreciation for creativity.
As an Art Educator, I focus on designing engaging, student-centered lessons. In class, we usually learn by doing. We will make several wonderful projects this year, but students can also expect to study vocabulary, Art History and Careers in art.
I firmly believe in providing positive support and encouragement for my students in and out of the classroom. I love getting to know Middle School students and finding ways to help them get excited about their education! I pour everything I have into my students while at school and come home feeling exhausted but fulfilled.
It is my desire for my students to be successful. I invite parents and guardians to visit with me on my conference period or shoot me an email if they have any questions. I would love to hear what you have to say!
Conference Time: Monday-Friday 11:57-12:58
Tutorials: Monday 3:45-4:45pm / Tuesday 7:15-8:00am