“As an art teacher you’re a huge advocate for the arts in general – the arts lead to pretty much everything. We back up all of the other academic areas. The arts does back up your ELA, the arts does back up your math…“
Fast Facts about Meredith
- Full name: Meredith Jacobs
- Current city: Plattsburgh NY
- Years teaching: 12
- Grade(s) taught:
- (1yr) K-6 Elementary Art Teacher AuSable Forks Elementary,
- (10yrs) K-12 Art to Children with Special Needs @ CVES BOCES Plattsburgh/ Mineville NY Campuses
- (1yr) Toddler Teacher
- (2 months) Orchard Elementary, Rio Linda School District AmeriCorps NCCC* Mentor
- Favorite books
- Why teach? It feeds your soul and grows others around you.
- Check out more about the arts program at Meredith’s school, Champlain Valley Educational Services
Noteworthy Outtakes from Meredith’s Chat
During our chat, Meredith shares her thoughts on the current state of politics and how it affects arts education. From cutting arts funding to the notion that arts programming is disposable, she expresses how her students with special needs use art as an avenue for not only learning, but meditation, joy and relaxation – skills her students, and many others are often not encouraged to incorporate into their academic lives. As an art teacher, Meredith also recognizes that not all children learn the same way and that the arts is one of the few times in school that learning is concrete and tactile, leading to skill building in other academic areas as well.
Meredith also shares valuable tips and strategies for engaging with your community to help give your students a platform for showcasing their art and to help with putting resources into your classroom – Meredith says one year she walked into her local pizzeria and asked for pizza boxes to help her students bring home mirrors they made at school as part of an art project!
Listen in on how Meredith describes her passions for incorporating arts into education, despite the fact that art teachers are often shied away from this path because of the notion that they “won’t have a job in a few years.”