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 am working on my renewal right now- wish me luck!)
Earlier this year I was recognized as my school’s Teacher of the Year and Senior High nominee for the Dwyer Award- I find out later this spring if I move on to the finals. I also received recognition from the Palm Beach Cultural Council as a MUSE Award recipient (Liman Excellence in Arts Education) and most recently as a finalist for the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce ‘Women of Worth’ award in the Education category. To say that it has been a whirlwind would be an understatement!
I am in my sixteenth year of teaching and 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, and my daily art- which is documented here on my site and on social media.
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)
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
Instagram, @artbyjlg and @studiogironda
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'