In a message dated 11/1/02 5:48:34 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
For the first time in my ten years of teaching I have an assistant principal
who totally supports the art program. He completely gets the fact that we
have different challenges in the art room than other subjects do.
I wouldn't have it any other way! I have taught a long time and I have had
the displeasure of working for those who don't (and probably never will)
"understand". I couldn't get out of those schools fast enough. For the past
ten years, I have worked at a school who has such a cool principal, I have to
pinch myself everyday. I know deep down in my heart that if I wanted
something special or needed more money, he would find a way to provide. He
will let me do any type of project, even if it is far fetched and very weird
(which tends to happen often). It is WONDERFUL to work with people like this.
Unfortunately, all the teachers and parents don't share that kind of attitude
all the time. However, I just work away in the art room and PRETEND
everything is wonderful and art is valued by everyone. Just today, I sent out
a "Postcard from the Artroom" to the parents which tells them how great we
are doing and the types of things happening in the art room. It even asks for
suggestions. I am sure some of the teachers who had to give those art notes
out to the kids leaving at the end of the day wondered "Does she really think
anyone cares about her art class??"
I don't care if they think that! I am too busy teaching the kids about art
and having a blast a minute to care about those who just don't "get it!"