Usually I feel uncomfortable speaking (and writing) about myself in this kind of way, but it has been a while since I have really questioned and thought deeply about who I am and why who I am is important in terms of being a future art educator.
The first thing that comes to mind is that I am a very kind and compassionate person who has a serious case of RBF… but who I am goes deeper than this still.
In terms of my passions, I have never felt as motivated as I do when I study and learn the Japanese language. There is something about the way the language is composed that resonates with the way my thoughts are composed and how I understand the world. Learning Japanese has allowed me to think in ways I have yet to discover, and it has made me realize a love of language that has been hidden away inside me. Japanese has taught me that you can be understood by acting on intuition and that intuitive actions can also be beautiful and clear. This translates to my understanding of visual imagery, which is a language on its own. I have a better understanding of the juxtaposition, splicing, and treatment of images because of the knowledge I have attained. This knowledge has made me into a more sensitive person who can find feeling and emotion in almost anything.
Growing up, school has always been very intimidating to me. I have never felt comfortable in the standard fluorescently lit classrooms. School was mostly a sad experience for me as a kid, I never felt like there was a place in school where I belonged. The only times I felt comfortable at school were in the classrooms of very few teachers, most of them art teachers. And if they were not art teachers, they encouraged creative thinking and individuality in their classes. I want to give students the opportunity to have a place in school where they feel like they belong and are safe and comfortable. I want to give discouraged students the opportunity to realize their worth and find their voice. I want students to feel comfortable enough and confident enough to question the things that confront them on a daily basis.
The three tenets of my philosophy in terms of teaching are: Intuition, Critique, and Developmental Needs.
Students need an environment where they can learn more about themselves, act intuitively and take risks, question the world around them, and have adequate room to grow. These are the things that I needed when growing up, and the things that my most memorable and influential teachers gave me.
I want to eventually move to Japan and teach art in a Japanese school. While I am there, I want to refine a comic book centered on my ideas on animal rights, which is something I feel very strongly and emotional about. Ultimately, I am a wishy-washy, emotional, loyal, strong, melancholy, Halloween loving cat mother and friend. I will take all of the lessons my passions have taught me and translate them to the language of art education for my students.