Big Picture Teaching Fellow

By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture
The North Carolina Museum of Art is pleased to offer this year’s Big Picture Teaching Fellowship to Jessica LeCrone, an English as a second language teacher at Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education in Wilson, N.C. Over the school year, Jessica will receive mentoring and support from NCMA educators as she refines her practice in art integration, creates lesson plans for ArtNC, and shares her lessons with other teachers at NCMA workshops and the Spring 2013 Educator Expo in Jacksonville, N.C.

Jessica tells us a little about herself:

“I have been teaching English language learners in grades K–12 for 10 years, including in Wilson County and Johnston County schools. I earned a Master of Arts degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education in English from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

“At the Howard School, I serve as an arts integration mentor. I mentor other teachers in the process of integrating arts (drama, music, dance, visual art) curriculum standards with content-area standards. The goal of the arts integration model is for students to apply knowledge and make connections that will deepen understanding of important concepts.

“I am proud to have been selected to serve as a fellow for the North Carolina Museum of Art, and I look forward to finding new ways to inspire students.”

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