Name: Bev Staub
Grade/subject at what school: Visual arts, Washington Woods Elementary School
Number of years teaching: 32
Background/schooling (college and high school):
Springfield Township High School, Wyndmoor, Pa.
Bachelor’s degree in art education, Temple University, Philadelphia.
Master’s degree in arts education and research, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
Why did you become a teacher? I knew I wanted to be an art teacher when I was a little girl. I used to play “school,” inviting the boys and girls in my neighborhood to my house so I could teach them art lessons.
What goals do you have for your students? My biggest goal is to help my students develop a love and appreciation of the visual arts. I want them to learn to express their own thoughts and creative expressions through art. The arts will prepare our children toward building 21st-century skills in problem-solving, cooperative learning, teamwork and creativity, all hallmarks of a sound education and a bright future.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? I encourage my parents to ask their children to tell them about their artwork and listen for cues to question further. Avoid asking things like, “What is it supposed to be?” This implies the child did not reach a goal or satisfy some visual requirement while he/she was enjoying an art experience.
Display your child’s artwork in a place where it can be seen often by friends and family members. Provide your child with creative materials to work with at home. Ask your child to draw for you and with you, whenever possible. Your child does not care if you are proficient in your technique. It is a way for him or her to spend quality fun time with you. If you feel uncomfortable, let them teach you! Plan a family trip to a nearby museum or gallery and allow your child to examine the works of artists. Ask your child to describe the work of art from his/her perspective. Zoos, botanical gardens and parks provide great visual stimulation. Bring a sketchbook along!
Name your favorite movie. “Matilda” and “Schindler’s List”
Name your favorite musician or band. Simon and Garfunkel
What’s something your students might not know about you? I have two wonderful daughters I am so proud of. Both my daughter are artists. My daughter Allie teaches art at Westfield Middle School, and my daughter Lauren lives and works in New York City at one of the largest art galleries worldwide.