YES!! I teach art (Beg. Art; Drawing; Design; Painting I; Watercolor I) and consumer education (10 sections of Art and 2 sections of ConEd) and am the high school girls tennis coach! Actually, I just ended a week of teaching summer school con.ed. while the teacher they did hire, took off for on a trip to her parents. She's now back and I can get down to business with what I NEED to do this summer.
But yes, it IS tough to manage it all. Our season is very intense (sometimes 4 meets a week and then a meet or tournament on Saturday-with daily practices for two hours each day after school on non-meet days). We begin practice on Aug. 13th this year (two hour practice in the am and two-hour practice in the pm) and school actually begins on Aug. 23rd. The "season" ends around the end of October depending on if you have girls who make it to "state" and we had a doubles team who made it to "state" last year. It was GREAT!! Also, this fall we're going to a 4-block schedule having just finished our traditional 6-class per day schedule in early June. So, I'll have three-85 minute classes with an 85 min. prep every day.
I am developing my teaching strategy for the 4-block and am also trying to develop a humanities class (art history combined with music history) for 2002. I love art history and would love to be able to teach 11th and 12th graders in that area. That is my "dream" that, someday, will materialize.
I, too, am married and have a 24-year old who is a teacher (lives three hours away) and a 16-year old who is a student at the same high school and participates on the tennis team. (she was a member of the doubles team that made it to state) I am also in the middle of pursuing my master's degree which helps with my professional development plan. So once tennis season ends, I am back into taking classes for that.
At the present I am getting ready for my 15-day trip to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and England!! AND I AM PSYCHED!! I took a group last summer and it was tremendous! (we went to Italy and all the other places except Germany and Austria). Art history is plentiful in Europe!!
So, life is FULL and at times, stressful. But, it is also exciting and satisfying.
I put together a simple questionaire for the secondary teachers on this list a month or so ago, hoping to compile all the names so we could communicate directly. That list will be coming out within a short time-so if you're interested, let me know.
----- Original Message -----
From: Rebecca Stone-Danahy
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2001 8:00 AM
Subject: coaching and a lost 60 minutes segment
I have two questions to ask of everyone this morning...
First, does anyone teach art and coach? I teach high school (beginning, advanced and AP art classes with hopefully two preps a day next year - only one this year) and am the varsity swim coach. It is demanding during season and I am just wondering how others may handle the time crunch. I also am married and have a four year old daughter.....
Second, there was a 60 minutes episode a few years ago (I'm thinking 1996-1997) that need help with. I would like to order a videotape of the episode but can't remember the names of those interviewed. Here goes... it was about a married couple (I think she was a librarian and he was a postal employee??) who started collecting art. I'm pretty sure they lived around New York. Anyway, they amassed a huge collection of modern art just by following local up and coming artists and being involved in their lives. It was to be donated to a museum or at least displayed in one. Anyway the story was so interesting because the couple were not wealthy but had managed to collect such a large display of work and when the interview took place they had the art work displayed from floor to ceiling in their home. One of the artworks was a short segment of rope....
This is all I can remember! I know the details are sketchy at best but maybe someone will have a better memory than me! :)