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Meet Mrs. R


The students at EB call me Ms. R.  This year I teach 25 classes of art from 1st through 5th grade.  I grew up in Litchfield, Minnesota.  During high school I was active in choirs, band and marching band, theatre, German Club, FHA, National Honor Society, church activities and had jobs teaching arts and crafts and lifeguarding at Lake Ripley.  I went to college at St. Olaf in Northfield where I received BA degrees in Studio Art, Art Education and Psychology and studied Piano Pedagogy.  I did my Graduate Studies in Urban Education through Hamline University. 

One of my goals as an art educator is to make connections between the various disciplines, all of which I love.  I enjoy combining science, math, music, social studies, reading, and writing through visual arts.

Art is a great communication tool, as well as a visual diary of our stories.  Students see art everywhere in their world…in places such as museums, in books, on television, in video games, on the internet, in architecture, in the design of furniture and everyday objects, on grocery shelf packaging and on the clothes they are wearing, just to name a few.  I want them to be able to read and understand the images all around them, and feel comfortable using art methods and materials to communicate their own ideas and feelings.

At Earle Brown Elementary, students experience and gain appreciation for many creative processes, including drawing, painting, printmaking, etching, weaving, paper construction, sculpting and creating pottery.  They use mediums such as graphite, crayon, watercolor, tempera, acrylics, inks, paper, yarn and clay.  Their creations reflect knowledge of the elements and principles of art and connect to various disciplines and work from around the globe.

This is my 32nd year as an art educator and my 30th year at Earle Brown Elementary.  In my free time I like to play piano and guitar, paint, bike, garden, swim, lead Girl Scouts, and spend time with my family and cats.