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Katie Meyer: Art Educator

Katie Meyer has been teaching art at Pettigrew Elementary in Sioux Falls for three years now.  Katie was born and raised in Minnesota and has an Art Education Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Her husband, Cory, is an Engineer for Verizon Wireless.  Together they have two children: Carter is 8 and Caden is 6, both of whom attend Rosa Parks Elementary.  Katie passion for teaching stems from watching her students use their imagination and creativity everyday in her classroom.  Katie’s energetic personality accommodates her profession as she is always looking to try new activities and projects while keeping up with a classroom of enthusiastic students.

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Kathy Dang a Sioux Falls Art Educator

I had the pleasure of interviewing and meeting with several art educators in the Sioux Falls area about their experience and passion for teaching children.  Art educators carry an important role with developing a child’s creativity, imagination and  problem solving abilities.  Although the art educators of Sioux Falls may varying in experience and  teaching style,  they all strive to provide the best art education possible.   One of the first educators I interviewed was Kathy Dang from Cleveland Elementary School.  Originally from Hutchinson, MN, Kathy has been teaching in Sioux Falls for 5 years.  She received her bachelors in K-12 Education and Art from Augustana College and in addition received a Masters in Education from Augustana as well.  Kathy’s hobbies include; cooking, yoga, gardening and enjoying time outdoors. ~Nakia Fritz

Kathy Dang- Cleveland Elementary

Kathy_Dang_ceramist“I hope my students understand that art is not about creating pretty objects, it is about developing problem solving skills and visual thinking strategies that will help them throughout their lives.  Art, especially in elementary school, helps students to realize that there is more than one way to solve a problem, we can learn from our mistakes, and that art is a venue to share our ideas.”  Continue reading Kathy Dang a Sioux Falls Art Educator