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Rachael Ayers-Arnone

Adjunct Instructor

I’ve been teaching in my current district for 18 years. I’ve taught at City High, West High, Hoover Elementary, and South East Junior High, all in Iowa City, Iowa. I have been full-time at South East for 13 years. In this time, I have worked to change the curriculum to allow students to have a more personal connection with their art learning. Please check out this link to a video from our Community Performance Art Project that we completed in 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3xDmPPEUBw

This project was student-led and executed. It was an amazing experience for all of us, to say the least! The day of the event we had almost the entire school along with representatives from the community out on the field to create the final image. We also conducted a clothing drive for the Shelter House, gathering 800 pieces of clothing.

I completed my Ph.D. in Art Education in May of 2012. My dissertation “Culturally Relevant Curriculum in the Art Classroom” included current research on best practices and analyzing projects in my classroom. My teaching philosophy includes a student-centered approach that promotes thinking deeply about art and how it relates to and reacts to the world around us. I often ask students to use art to solve a problem.

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