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My Philosophy 

My role as an art educator is to create a learning environment that addresses the needs of a diverse population and provides students an atmosphere in which creative thinking is encouraged and developed. People are different, students learn differently and all have different personal experiences, abilities, and centers of perception. 

My goal is to ensure a classroom that addresses the needs of its learners which is tolerant of their identity as human beings and is best achieved by the individual effort of the teacher as well as the student. 

Finding and making personal connections with a diverse population of learners is something I develop through collaboration with students, educators, as well as my own personal reflection and professional development. I am currently exploring how art education can merge diverse student interests and passions in an evolving, responsive and socially relevant way.

                                                             Join my Art Class on Zoom 

https://springfieldpublicschools.zoom.us/j/4055113441

Meeting ID: 405 511 3441

Chestnut Talented and Gifted Middle School 

355 Plainfield Street, Springfield MA 01104

colys@springfieldpublicschools.com

School Phone: 413-750-2333

Email is my preferred method of communication.  I will try to respond to all emails within one business day.  

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