My name is Natasha Monahan and I've been teaching Elementary and Middle School art with the Tomorrow River School District for five years now.
I grew up in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and graduated from SPASH in 2008. While still in high school I also attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and UW-Stevens Point. I then attended the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee where I received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Art Education with a minor in Art History and Art Critisim.
My husband and I currently reside in Stevens Point with our little girl, Iris Marie. In our free time we like to enjoy nature, spend time with family, and create music and art.
Art making has always been a passion of mine thanks mostly to my father. In childhood, he would spend hours teaching me to draw or sculpt anything I requested and, as is my nature still, I'd spend hour perfecting it. It was this drive to capture what I saw and express what I imagined that inspired me to teach. I am passionate about giving my students the skills and tools to create what's in their mind. And I'm grateful everyday for the community I work in the supports child art making and takes childhood exploration and creativity so seriously. I'm blessed beyond measure to work with staff and administrators that are truly family and are dedicated to building one another up to be the best educators we can be for our students."
My name is Kaycie Peck and I have been teaching 7th grade and 8th grade art at Amherst Middle School and all the art courses at Amherst High School for 6 years. I am also the advisor to the Art Club and the Visual Arts Classic team.
I grew up in Southeast Wisconsin, graduating from Hartford Union High School in 2008. I attended UW-Madison, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Art Education in 2012.
My husband and I currently live in Stevens Point with our young son Frederick and our cat Banksy. We enjoy spending time with family, camping, collecting Fiestaware, and watching too much Netflix.
Working in a small community, I continually adapt my courses to always keep the students dedicated. With such diverse talents and motivations in students of a small community, giving students choice and authority over their artwork is key in my classroom. Students in a small community are often dedicated to every available opportunity from sports, clubs, and course choices. The art room can be a place where they can express those avenues of their identity.
Specifically, I have been designing Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced courses that first teach art techniques, then encourage creative concepts, then allow freedom to work independently in the creative design process. Frustrating as choice and artistic menus can be for my students, it makes them think, plan, and reflect. Whether their journey after high school is a stereotypical artistic one or not, I am confident they have the skills and process to create whatever they might dream.”
My name is Joanne Raabe. I grew up in the Central Wisconsin area and attended college at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. I received my Bachelor of Science in Art Education with an emphasis in printmaking. After graduation, I taught elementary art in Stratford and then in Baraboo for several years. After deciding to move back to the Central Wisconsin area, luck would have it there was an opening back in Stratford, where I have been teaching 9-12 art ever since! I’m currently in my 6th year of teaching and love every minute of it.
The value of education is something that I have understood since a very young age. My parents made a commitment early in my life to do everything within their power to instill in me a love of learning. It was through them that I gained an understanding of the importance of hard work and dedication. I use this passion every day to continue to grow and evolve as a teacher.
Throughout my life I’ve had the opportunity to learn from so many outstanding art educators. The first was my father, Joe Clark. He taught art in the Wisconsin Rapids School District for 30 years. Visiting his classroom and working along side him in his art studio played a crucial role in my growth as an artist. My art teacher growing up, Amy Noonan, has had a lasting impact on the teacher I am today. When I was in college my art instructors, mentors and cooperating teachers were nothing short of exceptional. It was in college that my supervisor Marcia Thompson introduced me to Jeanne Arenz. It was teaching along side her that I discovered TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) and I’ve never looked back. It has become such an integral part of my teaching pedagogy and I am forever thankful for that.
The arts are such a vital part of the development of every person. It its my hope that I can leave a lasting impression on my students the way that my teachers have done for me.
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