January Teacher of the Month

January Teacher of the Month
Sarah Chizum

Name: Sarah Chizum

Past Teaching Experience:

Taught for 1.5 years at Clark Pleasant Middle School (Greenwood) teaching 8th grade art.  Currently in my 3rd year at North Putnam High School teaching visual arts.

College Background:

Earned my Bachelor of Science in Art Education and Fine Arts in Ceramics from Ball State in 2014. 

Most Memorable Teaching Moments:

A now graduated student chose to paint a portrait of a family member who had recently passed away in a tragic way.  The student struggled to make progress each day due to fear and worry that he might not be able to capture a likeness worthy of his subject.  We had maany conversations about the importance and positives of making mistakes during the creative process.  He was quickly falling behind and the deadline was approaching.  I requested that this student take his project home to work on, but with two requests.  First, that he allow himself to possibly "fail" at his goal by taking risks with his approach.  Second, and most importanly, that he be 100% kind to himself through the process.  After the weekend, the student returned to my desk with the canvas in his arms.  Before he showed me, he stated, " I could not have been kind to myself without your kindness first.  I was able to allow myself to make mistakes and recover from them."  He then revealed a breath-taking portrait of his loved one.  He had captured the subject's likeness beautifully.  It was such a moving moment that we both began to cry.  It was an unforgettable moment. 


Throwing pottery, gardening, drawing, painting, and remodeling my home

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