Visit to Wiscasset SchoolsApril 19, 2012
Elementary, Middle, and High School work shines
Recently on a damp, cool, dreary day I had the opportunity to visit the Wiscasset arts classrooms. It may have been damp and dreary outside but inside the arts educators were positive and sunny. Everywhere I traveled students were engaged in their learning and teachers alive with presentations and interactions with students.
It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Wiscassets’ programs through watching, listening and asking questions. Two high school students met with me to share the importance of their arts experiences. I was so impressed with their focus and how easily they communicated about their present work and what led up to it.
I met after school with the teaching staff to provide them with an update of the statewide work specifically in arts education and also education in general. I was grateful for the opportunity! Thank you to Molly Carlson, middle school art teacher, for inviting me to visit. And thank you to all the Wiscasset Visual and Performing Arts teachers: Molly Winchenbach, Music; Jean Phillips, Theatre; Shalimar Poulin, Visual Art; Donna Barnes, Visual Art; Carole Drury, Music; Roger Whitney, Music; Thomas Steele-Maley, Technology Integration, Chip Schwehm and Rob Cronk, Technology Education.