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Read your note on the Arts Ed list and it was kind of like deja-vu. When I
got the end and saw "Bill" signed, I had to think twice to try to remember if I
had sent a post without remembering it. We have lived very similiar lives. I
too didn't take an art course until sophomore year in college and never
expected to be a teacher. (I went to an Ivy league school with the expectation
of being a civil engineer) Vietnam changed my occupational outlook and I've
been teaching art in New Hampshire since graduating in 1968.
The prime motivator for me is doing my own work in the classroom. I like to
play and create in pottery and photography. I try to model creative behavior
for my students while being their coach and technical advisor. My students
also provide motivation because they are the ones that make the whole job
worthwhile. Turning kids on to a medium, or style, or seeing the light go on
with a discovery is in part what keeps me going. Leading the art department, or
doing adminstrative chores are not my favorite activities. Working with and
listening to adolescents and having the opportunity to play hard every day is
important to me.
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