Arts Education is an integral part of the core curriculum and offers powerful tools for expression - tools for making connections between intellect and emotion, tools for bringing meaning and beauty into our lives, and tools for solving problems and communicating ideas.
I received my MA in Early Childhood Special Education and an Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership from George Washington University, as well as a BA in Visual Arts from Smith College. I come to Claremont with 16 years of experience teaching elementary students in varied settings, of which all of them encouraged hand-on experiences. I am passionate about supporting each child in my care to become stronger, more confident thinkers, creators and innovators. In the classroom I purposely and tirelessly work to foster a sense of safety and community where children may feel comfortable enough to question, at times fail, and even grow from their art endeavors. One thing is certain. I feel very fortunate to be part of this community and working with your children. Their curiosity, energy and enthusiasm renews me daily.
Ms. Morgan Norwood
I am passionate about art, passionate about learning, and I strive every day to live with purpose and joy. The arts teach me that very behavior, and it's my pure privilege to teach visual art to children. I'm thrilled to join the team at Claremont, and am glad to join such a strong art department. My background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Georgia in studio art and art education; and a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the George Washington University in museum education. I have vast interests in science, history, technology, literature, and of course my two awesome kids, and I love to hike and swing dance. I am also a practicing artist (http://morganjnorwood.com), regularly exhibiting my paintings in professional shows and illustrating for several publications.
I earned a BFA in Fine Arts from the Corcoran School of Art and an MAT in Elementary Education from Trinity College, both in Washington, DC. In my free time I enjoy photography, painting, visiting museums, and being outdoors. In the last few years I've developed a passion for free-heel skiing, both downhill and cross-country. I love teaching art because it is essentially a holistic and synthetic discipline, one which involves students in imaginative problem-solving and creative expression though their whole being- body, mind and spirit.