For several years local elementary Art teacher, Mary Ann Poplin, has shared her expertise in Dr. Jo Ann Higginbotham’s Arts across the Curriculum class at Lee University. This year the class …
For several years local elementary Art teacher, Mary Ann Poplin, has shared her expertise in Dr. Jo Ann Higginbotham’s Arts across the Curriculum class at Lee University. This year the class enjoyed a special treat, because Mrs. Poplin had recently traveled to Paris, France for a two-week study of Impressionism. While there she studied the original works of the Impressionists and experienced the culture that encouraged these artists to leave behind traditions for a world of light, color, and passion. She breathed in the works of these artists as she toured the museums of Paris.
The Arts across the Curriculum class at Lee is designed to help future teachers experience teaching in and through the arts (visual arts, music, dance, and theater) in the subjects of literacy, social studies, math and science. In Higginbotham’s class, Mrs. Poplin shared her trip experiences and helped the class study impressionism through a hands-on project.
The class was excited to learn that Mrs. Poplin’s Paris experience was made possible through a Funds for Teachers Fellowship. This organization invests in outstanding teachers’ own practice, strengthening their schools and communities. Approximately 500 teachers across the U.S. are awarded $5,000 each year to study anywhere in the world. Cleveland City Schools and Bradley County Schools had a total of 4 awards this school year. In the thank-you notes to Mrs. Poplin, one student wrote: “I can’t wait to become an official teacher so that I can chase after that grant.”
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