MS/HS Teacher Feature...
"My name is Cheryl Wells. I grew up in Johnston, Iowa. Throughout my time in school, the two things I enjoyed most were art class and choir. In high school I participated in show choir and our auditioned choirs. I even took private voice lessons from a professor at Drake to learn how to sing opera. While in high school, I took as many art classes as I could. It was during these classes that I realized that I wanted to be an art teacher. Helping people learn and push themselves creatively became one of my biggest passions.
This lead me to Central College in Pella, Iowa. I was drawn by their teaching program and after I sat in on an art class and was instantly hooked. Most of the classes I took in high school were always centered around 2D art- drawing and painting. In college, I was able to have a broader access to classes and found that working in 3D was what I truly enjoyed. During my time at Central, I was president of Art Club and vice president of my sorority.
I have been very fortunate to have my family’s support in all my creative endeavors. My parents have always pushed me to follow my passion and pursue a career that I would find enjoyable. I have a sister who is also becoming a teacher, she is currently a senior at UNI. I also have a brother who is a full time bicycle mechanic.
My family and I are very close. We all get along very well. We frequently go on vacations together, a tradition that has been established before my siblings and I were all out of car seats. From road trips to international flights, nothing beats traveling. Growing up we would drive everywhere, doing so we’ve all been to over half the 50 states. In high school I had the opportunity to visit France for 10 days. Since then I’ve been to 7 other countries.
I teach all the art classes at Panorama Secondary. This year that includes middle school art, Ceramics 1, Drawing 1, Painting 1, Photography, Graphic Design 1, Art Fundamentals, Art Studio and possibly a new class...I’m thinking Sculpture?"
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