Hello! I'm Heather Ellington, and I'm thrilled to connect with you on this journey to revolutionize art education. Are you interested in adding Digital Art to your school or classroom? With nearly a decade of teaching experience under my belt, I have dedicated myself to advancing digital art in the classroom and ensuring that every student has access to the tools and skills they need to excel in the modern world.
From 2017 to 2019, I proudly served as the lead visual art teacher for Guilford County Schools, where I took the lead in designing and implementing relevant professional development programs for secondary art teachers and establishing a strong community of practice. During this time, I had the privilege of witnessing the transformative power of serving as a resource to connect fellow educators to foster relationships between educators which in turn grew a large community of practice.
In 2016, I embarked on a groundbreaking initiative by designing and implementing the only curriculum of its kind in the state of North Carolina. This Digital Art program and class utilized Raspberry Pi computers and open-source programs, such as GNU Image Manipulation Program, Inskcape, and Photopea. I aimed to break down barriers and make digital art education accessible to all. One of my core beliefs is that while Adobe is an incredible program, students should never be burdened by the financial cost of software post-education with skills that make them applicable for 21st century jobs. I'm passionate about empowering students with skills and attributes that allow them to stand out as career-driven and ready individuals.
My vision is clear: to become a valuable resource for school districts across the country seeking to incorporate digital art into their classrooms, whether through Adobe or open-source alternatives. I am an unwavering advocate for the integration of digital art into the cross-curricular realm, believing that this approach not only enhances artistic creativity but also nurtures essential skills for the future.
I want to continue my growth as a professional and become a valuable resource for your teachers. Together, we can empower the next generation of artists and creators, breaking down barriers and fostering a love for art that transcends traditional boundaries.
Let's embark on this exciting journey together and make a difference in the world of art education!
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