Working with people comes naturally for me. I care about people getting the help they need and finding solutions to their problems. Whether it is teaching ART and the decisions one makes when creating or motivating people to be healthier in what they eat and do, education is important for changing and growing. It is wonderful to see people begin to understand that they can learn and take control of their lives. As a Youth Director, spending time in prayer for and with young people and opening truth for them was very rewarding. As an Art Teacher, helping people express their thought and hopes on paper and teaching them the tools of the trade proved to me over again the idea that art is therapy. Having raised 6 children has given me additional understanding that all people are different. Working for the County as the Trails Co ordinator made me realize that being healthy is a social concern. And dealing with government officials showed me both the strengths and weaknesses of local government.
social event planning skills
accommodating the unexpected
honed teaching skills
Not only was I the Youth Director but I constructed my own curriculum, which involved Onsite Lessons,for example: I took 23 Youth up into an fire tower to show them the Temptations of Christ. My curriculum included a Sunday Morning called "Inward" , Sunday night Bible Study was called "Upward", and Wednesday Night group was called "Outward". In a small mill village church, there were 23 Sunday youth and over 50 Wednesday night.
During my five years at the Sumter Gallery of Art, I taught 4-7 classes a week and made the brochure for the rest of the art classes. I was also the publicity director and I submitted articles and biographical sketches of artists. Also, I was asks to judge contests all over the county.
As a Trails Coordinator, I had to persuade people let the county build on trails through their property. Sometimes this took a lot of finesse. I also created a family cookbook and a camping cookbook during the 3 years of this job.
As a home school teacher, courses like cooking and gardening were among the extra classes we did. We also had family music time and entertained many nursing homes and schools and churches.
As an Artist now I am creating a line of clothing, an exhibit of rescued guitars and basses I have painted, and I have a series of pen and inks, along with what I call Redeemed art..using found objects that would go into the dump otherwise.
09/2002 to 09/2005
Trails CoordinatorSumter County and the CDC － Sumter, SCAlthough all the TCs in our district were guys, I blazed a trail for a job that had never existed in Sumter County. Allocated money from the Center For Disease Control and its Satellites called Prevention Research Centers, for Sumter county because of the high rate of heart disease, paid my salary and the Sumter County paid my benefits. The directive was to create walking and biking trails and events to promote exercise. Goals were to connect to the Palmetto Trail in Manchester.
08/2002 to Current
bookkeeper and banking SecretaryCharleston Star Windshield Repair － Sumter, SCMy husband, Darren Polutta, runs his own business and I do the paper work.
09/1998 to 05/2003
Director of Publiciy and Art School and teacher.Sumter County － Sumter, SCAlready discussed above, I had many hats to wear at the Gallery. From planning and holding exhibits and other events to managing the Docents and the gift shop Artist of the Month, the Gallery had changing exhibits monthly and art classes ( many of which I taught) weekly. Additionally, I was the liaison between the Gallery and the newspaper and cable advertisement, as well as attending Business socials and committees for City and County development.
09/1990 to 09/1991
Youth directorHermitage Baptist Church － Camden, SCAs a field Ed. for my studies at CIU, I had to keep records, for youth ministry, which I still have. to repeat what I said above, I developed a curriculum for these particular youth. I also played guitar and taught some of the youth to play guitar.( Lee Brice was one of the youth). Although it was part time, I put in between 20 and 60 hours a week; esp. on weekend retreats. I had to resign because I got pregnant unexpectedly.
Associate of Arts: ArtBirmingham Southern University － Birmingham, AL, USA
Associate of Arts: ArtUniversity of South Carolina － Columbia, SC, USA