I have recently relocated to St. Croix Falls, WI, and hope to find work in this area or nearby in Minnesota.
Unfortunately I do not have states' certification here, but am willing to enroll in a licensure program if I could do that while working.
I received early childhood Montessori certification in 1992 at MECR in Boulder, Colorado along with course work in conjunction with the University of Colorado which qualifies me as a Montessori director.
Besides my preschool experience, I've worked as a kindergarten teacher in two schools -- one a Montessori public school in Alcade, NM, and a private school in Santa Fe, NM.
Before I became a Montessori teacher I taught art and I have continued to
make that a vital part of my curriculum as a Montessori teacher.
I developed an enriched aftercare program which became the Oz School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our school received a Youth Milagro Award from Animal Protection New Mexico for their art exhibits benefiting animal shelters and protection organizations as well as two anti-cockfighting performances which were staged at the state legislature.
The Oz School was the subject of three film documentaries, one of which was televised on national TV. Another made the rounds of independent film festivals.
Former Oz students of all economic backgrounds have done remarkably well in the world as young adults.
I love teaching and have worked well with gifted students as well as mentally and emotionally challenged students.
The Tara School was a well-regarded private school. I developed an aftercare which was opened to public school children for them and included professionals from the Santa Fe community -- writers, actors, chess masters and artists -- who held workshops in those fields.
Developed the kindergarten curriculum, largely based on Montessori methods
Taught art and ceramic workshops in the public schools for the Satellite Program, a grant funded non-profit which offered visual arts, music, and theater after tax cuts had removed those classes.
Through this program I worked with handicapped children, pregnant teenagers, and kids at risk (murals at Juvenile Hall).
art studio classes, art criticism, 4.0 average
English, Dean's Honor List
After the Tsunami," Shilpa Orphanage calendar with student paintings, 2008 Tsunami Art Handbook, a how-to book for non-artists teaching art (translated into Singhala and published in Sri Lanka), 2008, by Karen Turner; "Wizards of Oz," March 21, 2004 article about the Oz School, published in The Santa Fe New Mexican; "Among Animals," 2001 and 2004, theatrical events held at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, NM, directed by Kathryn Walker, and starring Stockard Channing, Ali McGraw, Tim Curry, Fran Leibowitz, and other famous friends of Kathryn's: singing and reading poetry in front of large projections of Oz students' paintings; "Celebrating Animals," 2005 calendar illustrated by Oz students, and "Among Animals," 2002 calendar illustrated by Oz students (both references to the "Among Animals" theatrical benefit); Ravens' Tale, 2001, a book written and illustrated by Oz School students, published by Azro Press (Green Knees); "Saving Grace," 2001, a television documentary interviewing Oz children with students from 3 other schools across the US, (questions about their spiritual beliefs, strange answers)
academic, Art, film, Grant writing, MA, money, windows, works, painting, teacher, workshops
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