Bonnie Brown is a secondary art teacher at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). Ms. Brown just started with ARCA in 2016 but has been teaching since 2013. She has a bachelor of art degree in art education from the University of Central Arkansas. Her story is below:
“I started teaching because as a lover of the arts, I always had a sense of respect for the positive relationship with my art teachers growing up. They helped foster my raw talent into something I could be proud of, and I wanted to do that for someone else.
I love teaching at ARCA because I love the curriculum. I feel that it is very diverse. Students can learn about ancient Egyptian paintings one day and postmodern architecture the next, and have a place to discuss art in the context of current events. They get a lot of exposure.
All the teachers take a genuine interest in their students in both education and well-being. Between the ability to work at their own pace and to have individual contact with teachers as necessary, students can tailor their education to their specific needs.
I find most beneficial the ability to reach students on an individual basis, which is very difficult in a brick-and-mortar setting. Students always have the opportunity to call a teacher or can reach out to us in a LiveLesson session. Even though ARCA is an online school, students still build relationships via LiveLesson sessions, field trips, and so forth. There also are opportunities to participate in contests and other special events.
For fun I like to dabble in different art techniques and materials to learn something new. Aside from being an artist, I was a competitive gymnast. My first job was coaching gymnastics. If you cheer, tumble, dance, whatever, I would love for you to share with me your new skills, pictures, and awards! Also, I have recently made a move from central Arkansas to northwest Arkansas, and I am loving it so far! I have a cat named Nora.”
Art has always been a passion of mine.