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 Ms. Gardere is hoping for a classroom set of Flip Videos and Point and Shoot Cameras so she can get down to REALLY teaching photograhpy and video as two awesome forms of self-expression. Oct 19, 2009
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Ms. Mary Jo Gardere
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Eladio Martinez Learning Ctr
Dallas, Texas
Class Information:
Room Number: 139
Students per Class: 400
Class Description:
Multi-ARTS - A fully integrated curriculum: Visual arts, creative writing, drama, and movement.
K-5 ART Teacher
25 Laptop computers 25 Point and Shoot Cameras 25 Flip Video 25 Camera Bags Printer Cablesneeded to connect all of the above to the printer 25 Flash USB Drives
My Philosophy:
It is most important to grab the children and expose them to as many forms of creativity possible while they are still young and have no fear of trying the "unknown". Technology is already in every aspect of their lives, and it is vital they are familiar with and have the capabilities to utilize all the different forms of technology necessary to be successful in their education and their present lives, as well as their future lives and careers.
Personal Information:
About Me:
I have been a teacher for 27 years. I have taught elementary multi-arts for the majority of those years, but I also taught first grade and fourth grade. I was also a fine arts coordinator for three years, and worked as a national art consultant for a national publishing company.
College and Degrees:
B.S. Elementary Education; Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA Masters in Elementary Education; Texas A&M - Commerce in Commerce, TX Certified in all-level ART in state of Texas
Mixed-media artist creating journals and collages, "dumpster-diving"in search of the next great treasure; attending estate sales, shopping, cane-pole fishing; fly fishing; theatre, and enjoying time with my family doing whatever it takes to be with them.
Favorite Books:
Don't have time to read "grown-up's" books, but do have a huge collection of children's books that I utilize in my classroom.
Why Do I Teach?:
I teach art because it is the one class where every child can be successful. The ability to create is the one thing children can take with them through life that will make them feel accepted, happy, unique, and most of all, successful. There are NO mistakes in art. There are NO wrong answers in art. Art speaks all languages, and sees all colors.
Percent of Students are:
     At-risk: 98 %
     Special Needs: 2 %
Percent of Students are:
     White/Caucasian : 1 %
     Hispanic: 97 %
     African American: 1 %
     Asian: 1 %
Free/Reduced Lunch Program Enrollment:: 96 %
ESL Enrollment:: 90 %
Average number of students in class:: 25 students
Number of students I teach:: 400 students