Jennifer Love Gironda NBCT, MAEd Professional Art Educator 1
A letter from, wellâ€Śme! Hello! My name is Jennifer Love Gironda and I am interested in a Visual Art position for the 2013-2014 school year. I currently teach art at Indiantown Middle School in Martin County. I recently found out that my husband will be teaching ay Nova Southeastern starting in August of this year (Hooray!). I am starting my job search early in hopes that I will find a school that is a good match for me, and vice versa.
What will you find inside? Information about me and what I have to offer as a Professional Art Educator. After viewing the related materials, I hope that you will see that I have the professional qualifications, the work experience and the personal attributes that would be an asset to your educational team. I have included my CV within this document and also as a separate attachment. For more information on me, you can visit my website, www.jenniferlovegironda.com. I am excited about this new chapter in my career, and I hope that you will take a few moments to view my qualifications. Please contact me if you have any questions, of if you would like to discuss employment opportunities.
-Jenny Jennifer Love Gironda, NBCT/MAEd Professional Art Educator Email: email@example.com
Table of Contents Professional Qualifications….4-8
CV and Coaching Qualifications
I am professionally qualified. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Art in my tenth year of teaching. I have Masters degree as well as a BFA from East Carolina University in the area of Art Education and I am certified to teach K-12 art in Florida and North Carolina.
(Above) MAEd graduation, Spring 2009, proud of my 4.0! 5
As you will see from my CV I have written and received numerous grants over the past few years, including grants from the Florida League of IB Schools, Character Counts, Donors Choose and a Target Field Trip Grant, to name a few.
(Left) Peace Mural, made possible by FLIBS grant (Right) Visiting Graffiti artist, funded by Character Counts grant 6
I have been very successful in my short time so far in Florida; in my second year at IMS I was named the Indiantown Middle School Teacher of the Year and I was also I was selected as the Martin County Middle School Teacher of the Year (2011)
(Above) Picture from the Martin County Teacher of the Year Celebration.
I am also highly qualified as I am a working artist, maintaining a website and blog related to my artwork, participating in various shows and also selling my work. My current body of work includes drawing, painting and mixed media techniques, including fibers. I make art every single day!
(Above) Just a sampling of my daily art pieces from 2012- I made over 560 works of art. I am already hard at work on more daily art in 2013, this is in addition to my full-time job as a professional art educator, a contributor for Art Hive magazine and a coach for two cheerleading teams!
I have a solid background of related work experience that will make me a true asset to your program. .
I am currently teaching grades 5-8 visual art at an International Baccalaureate middle school. In addition to my current placement, I have four years of high school teaching experience, where I taught classes ranging from Art 1 to Honors Independent Study and two years at the K-2 level. I have also worked as a Teacherâ€™s Assistant for a Distance Education undergraduate-level Art Appreciation course, which introduced 10 me to teaching art in an on-line format.
Examples of Student Work
I have taught all levels of art, including two years of elementary school art. Switching to elementary after teaching high school was quite a change for me but I have enjoyed working with younger students- and finding my inner child again, too! Above are some examples of K-2 student artwork.
High School Art 1 Examples
I really enjoy teaching Art 1 students. For some students, this may be the only art class that they take in high school. I strive to bring out the best in all of my students- regardless of ability level. I feel that my high expectations result in outstanding student work and a great experience for the students that I teach in Art 1. 13
High School Art 2 Examples
In my second level art classes I continue to set high standards for my students. I encourage my students to create work that they can really put themselves into. I also go more in depth with the study of art history with these students.
High School Advanced Art Examples
The advanced classes offer the chance for the student to emerge as an individual artist. I encourage my students at this level to concentrate on a centralized theme for their work so that they can see their own progression as artists. Portfolios are the emphasis at this level.
But waitâ€Śthereâ€™s more! I am committed to education outside the classroom, in the role of a facilitator of art classes and camps, leadership programs and also as a cheerleading coach and judge, which demonstrates my ability to multitask. The following pages contain images from some of these additional roles I have taken on.
Cheerleading Coach (Grades K-2)
I cheered all throughout high school and I have been so fortunate to be able to continue my love for cheerleading through coaching and judging. The above pictures are from the squad I coached for Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation.
Cheerleading Coach (Grades 9-12, JV, Varsity and Co-Ed Experience)
My high school squads have competed locally and regionally. While I do value competition as a part of my program- I emphasize school spirit and sportsmanship first. I feel that this makes for a very rewarding experience, both for myself and for the girls (and guys) that I have coached.
Cheerleading Coach (Grades 9-12)
Several of my high school cheerleaders have gone on to cheer at the university level. The above pictures are athletes that I coached that currently cheer for (from left to right) North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Western Carolina University. I am so proud!
Extracurricular Art Activities (Grades K-2)
I actively seek partnerships within the community to offer art experiences to students outside of the school day. Above are pictures from my summer art camps and also my after school art studio program I offered when I taught elementary school art.
National Art Honor Society Sponsor (Grades 9-12)
When I taught at the high school level, I was actively involved with the National Art Honor Society. This was a great way to encourage and promote the visual arts within my school and community. 21
Community Service (Grades 9-12)
I always stress the importance of community service, both in the classroom and with my extracurricular involvement. The pictures above are from our participation with the Leukemia Society’s annual ‘Light the Night’ Walk. Both my NAHS students and my varsity cheerleaders participated when I taught at the high school level.
Additional Involvement Faculty, Legislators’ School for Leadership Development, ECU
In addition to working with students during and after school, I spent several summers as a faculty member of ‘Legis School.’ This has been one of the highlights of my summer every year that I have been involved. The curriculum is based on The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens and encompasses building tomorrow’s leaders through classroom activities, community service and teambuilding exercises. Participants are in middle and high school. 23
Personal Attributes Finally, I have many traits that have made me a successful art educator. I am enthusiastic in all that I do, and I have an energy level that is seldom matched. I am pro-active- I am always problem solving and trying to improve myself as an educator and as a person. I have a commitment to my students as well as my own learning and I also actively seek collaboration with other teachers and departments. I am very confident in my technological skills including my ability to teach art concepts in an on-line format and to maintain digital correspondence with students and their parents.
What can I contribute to your school? Experience Professionalism Creativity Organization
…now what? I hope that you have caught a glimpse of who I am as an educator, and artist and a person. I look forward to hearing from you regarding employment opportunities. I can be reached via email,
Jennifer Love Gironda- Professional Art Educuator, Documentation