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I sense that you have missed my point. Simply stated, not all artists make good
teachers, but if one could combine great teaching skills, with the mindset and
abilities of an artist you have the best of both worlds. That is what I look
for when hiring. The portfolio shows me the artistic side, and unfortunatly
the GPA or transcript tells me nothing of the their ability to "explain, guide,
nurture, and critique works of students." I maintain that the GPA from a
school is not an important component when I look for hiring an art teacher. It
is what that person can do with students that is important. The portfolio is a
way of judging techincal competance and passion, I look at other factors to
evaulate the teaching competance such as observations, recommendations, letters
of reference, and the intuitive instinct derived from the interview. The fact
that they got an "a" or "b" in an art methods course or in the history of
education is of little consequence.