ABOUT THE CROSSROADS' ART TEACHER
Ms Marni has been teaching Visual Art since 1997. 2020-2021. This will be her 17th year teaching at Crossroads.
When not teaching students or grading assignments, Ms Marni enjoys getting out and DOING with friends and family. She and her husband Dave have hosted exchange students from all over the World including Europe, Asia and South America.
Ms Marni and Dave live on the Eastside of St Paul and have three (step)sons, two dogs, and a small flock of city chickens. When not in the city, Ms Marni love to travel and explore the outdoors. She spends time with family at the cabin fishing (bass & pike), sailing, kayaking, taking photographs and trips to amusement parks!
Ms Marni also enjoys creating and exploring the World of arts and crafts, studying architecture, working with clay, gardening, kite flying, spelunking and she plays ice hockey on two teams, Chaos and Icebreakers -- and she's a retired Roller Derby Referee, "Nemma Sis Prime."
PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCES:
• 1997-1999 Grades K-8 art at West Central Academy, Minneapolis Public Schools
• 1990-2013 Crossroads
• 2013-2018 Grades 9-12 Ceramics and Digital Art at St Paul Johnson HS.
• 2018-Present Crossroads
DEGREES & CERTIFICATION:
• A.A. degree from Minneapolis Community College
• BA degree in Studio Arts (Ceramics & Art History), University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts
• Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Visual Arts, K-12 Licensure, University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development
• M.Ed in Education, University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development
MS MARNI'S PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING ART
Art is a form of experiential communication. Art can be physical, visual, audio and emotional in how it is experienced and understood.
I feel that at the Elementary-level, students are introduced to new materials and techniques, implementing the Elements and Principles of Art, skill development, and learning new ways to communicate.
MS MARNI'S ART-MAKING PROCESSES
1. Plan, Research and Generating-Ideas
2. Create, experiential art-making
3. Reflect & Revise
4. Share & Present
CROSSROADS' ROOM EXPECTATIONS:
ENTER -- Line up in the hallway until greeted. STANDING> SILENT> FEET ON LINE/FACING FORWARD
CIRCLE -- Instructional-time. LEGS-CROSSED> HANDS TO SELF> FACING TEACHER or in chairs
STUDIO -- work-time SITTING> WHISPER VOICES> WORKING
CLEAN UP -- EVERYONE participates
DISMISSAL -- tables that are SITTING>SILENT>CLEAN
EXIT -- Line up at Exit door or in the hallway, STANDING> SILENT> FEET ON LINE/FACING FORWARD --
ART ROOM BEHAVIOR PLAN:
• Celebrate our successes!
• Work in groups with a Team Captain/Coach (Team Captain changes seasonally)
• Mistakes are part of the art-making process -- At Crossroads, we learn from our mistakes!
2. Tap Out (take a break)
3. Buddy Room -- sent to another classroom to reflect with a Fix-It Plan.
4. Phone call home, confir with family