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Beth Speer's Portfolio

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BC: (901)871-9425| Beth Speer

FC: Beth Speer | Why YOU should Drink the Paint...

1: "I don't teach Art, I teach kids to think critically, to question what they see, and to solve problems using creative solutions. The beauty of being an art teacher, is that we just happen to make beautiful things in the process." | My Teaching Philosophy

3: The passion for community building is best described in my life as a tall tree beginning with its large roots that extend throughout the mid-west. John F. Kennedy once said that “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” If this is true, society has let me free, and my vision has led me to pursue a career in Arts and Community Education. With a strong background in public service, a passion for team building, and organizational know-how, I am confident in my ability to provide the highest level of consumer and student satisfaction. My degree is in Arts Education, and my life and work experiences make me an ideal candidate for the opportunity to work in the Education field. Moving to a rural community in Southern Illinois from the Chicago suburbs I was able to see missing programing, interpret community needs, and grow a flourishing business, Please Don’t Drink the Paint, providing Arts and Leisure Activities, as well as corporate team building and event planning, all while teaching and coaching in public schools. I possess marketing skills and a deep background in design, creativity is my middle name, and PR is part of my every day existence. I currently work with school board members, students, community businesses, and vendors to provide the programming for the cable access channel for the town of Chester, IL. Coaching a team to state, running a group home for adults with developmental disabilities, and raising funds for non-profit events all require determination, dedication, and a strong work ethic. These are just a few examples of successful past accomplishments that show my consistent track record for exceeding expectations, setting high goals, and accomplishing dreams. I am seeking a career that can combine all my talents, push me in new directions, and provide the excitement of consistent challenge and change. I have been blessed to work in the field of public and community education as well as private non-profit management and would love to bring all my past experiences and endless energy to the classroom environment. I currently work several jobs in rural Southern Illinois including coaching, teaching, and owning our own company and am looking to combine my skill set into one career so I am able to focus my efforts in building a community of successful learners, lets grow something together! Sincerely, Beth Speer (901)871-9425

4: Common Core Standards + Creative Classrooms= Uncommon Results! | Pop "Art History" Project 2013

5: Why Are we Writing stories, Solving math problems, and studying history in Art Class? Art is all about solving problems in creative ways, and we need students that go out into this culturally diverse world and bring new, fresh, and innovative ideas to the marketplace. “In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities. The arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.” –Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft | Studying the Pop Art Movement, Students were asked to create their own Pop Art Character in the style of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtensein, or Jasper Johns. Students also wrote and performed "I am" Spoken Word Poetry. We discussed cultural icons of modern day, and created collages using modern magazines and imagery. | CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

6: Writing & Illustration

7: Children's Illutration/Writing Workshop| October '12

8: Students as Teachers| building community | “I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.” – Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education

9: Power Animals | self awareness | Power Animal Poetry was written and performed for the local Cable Access Chanel to accompany the Hand Animal Paintings inspired by Modern Artists and Tattoo Art. We studied the history of both tattoos and body art in our culture as well as other cultures, and discussed the use of Power Animals in literature and Yoga. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3a Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.

10: Printmaking August 2012

11: References: Kyle Thompson, Vice Principal, (618)826-2354 Tim Lochhead, Principal, (618) 826-2354 Jennifer Stumpe, Educator, Author, (618)615-5405 Caroline Wiley, MV Art Guild, (618)615-3419 Karen Baker-Brncic, Alton Marina Director, (618)462-9860 Kim Wilks, Trimpe Middle Scool Principal, (618)377-7240 Education and Certification: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Illinois K-12 Certificate in Art Education, December 2008 Illinois Middle School Endorsement, December 2008 Teaching Experience: Chester Grade School, Chester, IL, CUSD 139 2010- Current Please Don’t Drink the Paint 2010-Current Trimpe Middle School, Bethalto CUSD 8, August 2009– 2010 Liberty Middle School, Edwardsville, IL, Student Teaching 2009 Alton High School, Alton, IL, Student Teaching 2009 SIUE Summer Arts Program, Summer 2008 Arts In the Park/ Saturday Studios, Summer 2008 Junior Achievement, Spring 2008 Girl Talk, Girl Power Conference, Spring 2008 SIU Carbondale Arts Festival, Spring 2007 CCS Brain Trauma Center, Spring 2007 Boys and Girls Club, Spring 2007 Saturday Young Artist Workshops, Spring 2007 Professional Preparation and Work Experience: Beverly Farms Inc, CPC, Dec 2008- May 2009 Alton Marina Muralist, Summer 2008-Current Annual High School Exhibition SIUE, Spring 2008 Art Education Workshop, Spring 2007 Alpha Sigma Tau, Sorority- Pledge Class Fundraiser, Philanthropy Chair Poor Souls Society for the Arts- Advisory Board Mississippi Valley Art Guild-President Civic Memorial High School (Bethalto CUSD 8)- Varsity Cheer Coach Collegiate Activities– Intramural Basketball, Water Polo, Flag Football, Alpha Sigma Tau, Fundraising and Philanthropy | Beth Speer

12: "The future belongs to young people with an education & the imagination to create." –President Barack Obama

13: How to take EGG-cellent Pictures Project Study of telling a story with eggs, cropping, composition, and design | CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.

15: Ceramics Camp| 2013

16: CELEBRATE ART! | Community | Communication | Confidence

17: (901)871-9425 | Graduated 2008 from SIU Edwardsville with a BS in Arts Education Over 7 years experience teaching Pre-k through Adult learners, including 4+ years in public schools Illustrates published children's books, including the popular Aunt JoJo's Magical Gifts Series. Is QMRP Certified, and has worked in Group Homes and Adult Therapeutic Day programs. Owns Please Don't Drink the Paint, and provides Community Education, Event Planning, and Studio Classes to the Public. | About BETH SPEER

18: Zombie Day Art

19: Zombie Apocalypse Wedding Reception | Beth and Jake

20: Who knew ART could be so FUN! | We should call Beth TODAY!

21: (901) 871-9425 | Beth Speer |

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  • Title: Beth Speer's Portfolio
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