Degrees and Certifications:
Art/Film ToK Teacher
Currently, my teaching duties include graphic design, IB DP Art I & II, IB DP Film and Theory of Knowledge. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to practice numerous art media including graphics and video software. As a practicing artist, I have had exhibits all over the county. Art making keeps me current in the art world and helps me empathize as my students face and overcome struggles.
In the GWHS Art department, students are given a chance to develop problem solving skills through inquiry based learning and experience. Students must be given a chance to be curious, explore, discover, and learn how to leverage mistakes to their advantage. My biggest high as a teacher is watching students grow and make progress as they develop an understanding of who they are as artists and thinkers. Students should be able to apply their learning to many aspects of their lives.
Recently, I have been teaching workshops and consulting for the International Baccalaureate program for other Art & ToK teachers. In leading these workshops, I have been able to study education systems all over the globe including Nassau, Bahamas, Vancouver, British Columbia, Shanghai, China, and San Jose, Costa Rica. My perspective of our educational system and my educational philosophy has been greatly expanded. As an Art Examiner for the IB program, I have been exposed to numerous successful art and teaching strategies. I was fortunate enough to be recognized as Weld County Teacher of the Year in May 2015 and Teacher of the Year at Greeley West in 2017. In the GWHS art department, all performing and visual arts teachers work together to give students a rich experiences in the Fine Arts.
Click the course to visit these links for Syllabi:
GWHS IB Visual Art Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/GwhsIbArt/
GWHS IB TOK Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GWHS-TOK-458884850879114/
Krause Drawing Instructions on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/XavisKruz
GWHS BulbApp Page: https://www.bulbapp.com/gwhsart
Clubs and Activities
Martial Arts Club