My career path has always followed some form of art. Nine years ago I found my passion in teaching art to others, specifically children.
In 2006 I was looking for a career change, after spending my professional career in graphic design, architectural illustration and lastly digital art. I enjoyed my work, but I felt something was missing. While taking a break to explore other job opportunities to find what spoke to me, I ran across an ad for a job opening for a children’s art teacher in a private studio. I did not have experience in teaching nor working with children myself, but had a feeling this would be something I would like. I had considered this career after graduating high school, but chose to go into graphic design. Having always loved art and feeling I wanted to share my passion, I went for the interview and got the position.
For my position, I was to be teaching 8 to 10 students in a small studio, but due to a sudden staffing change, something else was in store for me. I was to fill in for a teacher at an after school kindergarten art class at the school for two classes back to back. I had 15 to 18 children in each class who would rather run around than do art. I came home exhausted. My first two weeks of teaching art had me thinking that this was not for me. When I got back into the art studio to teach my class of 10, I immediately realized this was the path I was meant to take. About 4 months after I started, the studio closed, much to my disappointment. All of my eighteen students said they would follow me, so I went in search of a place to hold classes. After an extensive search, I was pleased to hold my classes at the local art museum and art center. Nine years later, I am so thankful I saw that ad when I did and replied. Teaching art to children is what I was meant to do in life.
Of the more than 400 students that have touched my life, many have stayed with me for several years and some have gone on to be docents at the art museum. Often I teach their younger siblings. I recall one of my favorite stories is the parent who gratefully thanked me, saying her son now likes art more than his video gaming. I am so fortunate to have found my passion.