I am a TEACHING artist.
I have wanted to teach art as far back as I can remember, and I love what I do!I am committed to being a lifelong learner, as evident in earning my MAEd in May 2009, and also by my quest for National Board Teacher certification, which I achieved in November of 2010. I have been teaching for thirteen years.
I have taught in the public and private sector, all grade levels and I also have experience with Distance Education at ECU as a teaching assistant for ART-1910, an undergraduate level art appreciation course. I continue to create my own artwork through commissioned and commercial works.
Outside of the classroom I continue to pursue the role of educator; I have taught summer art camps in North Carolina and here in Florida for the Armory in West Palm Beach. I have also taught classes at Muzart in Hollywood as well as adult 'paint party' classes. In addition, I also tutor privately. (More info here)
...and...I love to travel! I have made it a goal to expand my knowledge of other cultures and during the summer of 2009 I took a four-week trip to Japan with a group of educators made possible through a grant from Fulbright-Hays. (June 10-July 8, 2009). I am always planning some kind of trip!
I am married to my best friend John. He is also a life-long learner; he just completed PhD and is currently an Assistant Professor of Marketing. Our family at this point consists of two cats, Mackie and Scooter.
People that know me personally and professionally will tell you that I am enthusiastic and committed to everything that I do. I am committed to my growth as an artist as well as an educator, which I hope reflects in the quality of instruction that I deliver to my students.
Jennifer Love Gironda, NBCT/MAEd
NOTE: I used to toy with the idea of a separate teaching blog and then took it off the main menu 'cause I decided to integrate posts about my teaching in with my art ('cause I'm a TEACHING ARTIST!) Here is a link to view that ol' blog...it's not up to date but still has some fun pics and good info;
Link to Studio 'G'