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Re: I'd love you to share.....long.

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Bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Apr 29 2002 - 20:05:12 PDT


In 1965 my art teacher in High school sat me outside the room and said" You
have a gift for art and I think you should do something that you like in your
life and not just what you think will make you money." | was dumb founded
because my grandfather wanted me to go to Yale and be a Lawyer like him and
his father and his father and his father etc. I was set to go, accepted to
Yale, in my senior year, and I thought about what my teacher said and I
thought this isn't right I want to be an art major. I wrote my grandfather
in Colorado and said that I was going to be an art major instead. He never
spoke to me again.

When I was in my senior year of college I married my high school sweetheart
Jeanne and we needed to make a living. I had taken extra classes to get my
masters but I needed to get a job so I thought of that high school art
teacher and decided that I would teach for a few years. So I go my teaching
credential started teaching thinking all along that I would only do this for
a couple of years and then show my work and be in galleries etc.

My student teaching year was wonderful and I met a man who was a wonderful
teacher. I was determined to be as good as he was and worked hard for the
next................31 years and here I am and I don't regret a thing. I
enjoy going to school every day and I am happy to have chosen this life. I
will make art again and maybe have a show in a gallery, but right now the
kids are my art and I like making them into artists that can take on college
and life.

I get many kids who come back to see me and tell me of their lives. Today, I
had a kid who just graduated from Art Center in Pasadena and has 4 job offers
out of the college without going to an interview. He came back to give me
his card and tell me how he was doing and I was very happy for him. This is
why we teach, and this is why I am glad that I took on this profession.

Sorry to be so long,

Ken Schwab
San Jose CA

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