Pam, if you can get the parents to speak up at a board meeting, that would
help. I find most administrations cave to parental pressure.
We all need to be cultivating strong parent support- expecially in these
times. Good luck. Perhaps have students who have gone to art school come
and address the school board.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pam Wellington" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 7:03 AM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] at my wit's end
> Dear Art Educators everywhere,
> I am the art department chair at a high school in south central
> Pennsylvania. I have recently learned that my high school art classes are
> going to go over 30 students in a classroom. The second art teacher has
> been pulled out of my art program slowly over the past 5 years to teach
> tech ed photo. I am now a one woman show, and as a result the number of
> sections of art have been cut in half. Now, due to huge demand and
> enrollment the solution will be to cut all of my advanced level art
> classes so that they can stuff more entry level students into one class. I
> am at my wit's end and very depressed about this. I have met with my
> principal, the assistant superintendent of schools for curriculum, and am
> meeting with the Superintendent this afternoon. I have begged, pleaded,
> run polls, run numbers, written advocacy letters, sited Pennsylvania State
> Standards in the Arts, and done all I can think of to do to save my art
> program, but it is going right down the tubes. Any suggestions fellow art
> teachers? To give you a little insight into what we used to be 5 short
> years ago: we had two full-time art teachers, both with MFA's from
> Maryland Institute College of Art. We had a full 3-D program, which is
> rare in a high school, we had many advanced level courses, including
> Advanced Portfolio. Cartooning and Illustration was added just this year.
> We have a huge annual art show, many of our graduates go on to excell at
> top notch art schools and universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Pratt,
> Tyler and MICA. We are losing it all. Anyone know of any openings for a
> high school art teacher with 12 years of experience and an MFA?
> Discouraged and at my wit's end in Pennsylvania.
> Pam Wellington
> Art Dept. Chair
> Boiling Springs High School
> Boiling Springs, PA
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