We are so excited to introduce you to our April 2019 Arts Educator of the Month, Ms. Noel Spring. Noel is an exceptional art teacher at Rusheon Middle School in Bossier City, Louisiana. She works each and every day to ensure that her students are introduced to and actively working on a variety of arts projects. Additionally, she uses her art class in strategic ways that allows for math, science, reading and social emotional learning integration. Simply put, she is fantastic!
Noel was nominated by Jacqui Impson, the school counselor at her school. Read her nomination below to learn more about the incredible work that she is doing in her role as art teacher!
Congratulations, Ms. Spring! Thank you for your important contributions to arts education.
Why do you think this arts educator deserves to be nominated?
She is a dedicated, brilliant, talented, amazing woman and teacher!
Tell us how this arts educator has gone above and beyond to help students.
Ms. Spring goes above and beyond the normal duties of an art teacher. She supports the students through mentoring with our PBIS Tier II Climb Program and provides extracurricular support with her Ram Pride Spirit Team.
How would students describe this arts educator?
Many students say they love Ms. Spring because she believes in them even when they don’t believe in themselves. I’ve also been told they know when a teacher loves them like they are their own child and that Ms. Spring is one of those teachers. One of her students who needs behavioral support said, “Even when I don’t make the best decisions she is there to show me that she cares, even if it’s tough love.”
Please share the innovative and creative ways that this educator is teaching the arts.
She incorporates Math, Science and ELA into her lessons on a regular basis. The projects the students create are wonderful! They have made architectural pieces from popsicle sticks to represent key places in the world (Eiffel Tower, Stadiums, Twin Towers, etc.) The students do historical research on their locations as they prepare their design drafts prior to building. They have made some incredible tribal pieces this year that the students were extremely proud to show in the art gallery at our school. Another great project that she has done is an “emotions in abstract” assignment. The students are able to express themselves through their art and they have used it as therapy as they work through issues with sexuality, racism, domestic violence, self-harm, suicidal ideation, etc. Many of the pieces turned out amazing!
What distinguishes this arts educator from their peers?
In the Bossier Parish Schools i3 Art Expo this year, Ms. Spring represented Rusheon with a display of our students’ art work and she won 1st place in the Parish!! She is a vital part of Rusheon and is dedicated to improving the school and the students. We are blessed to have her on our staff and in our Ram Family!