Sunday, August 5, 2012

Reflecting on This Summer

Tomorrow, I go back to school. I know for some of you in the New England area, this sounds terribly early. . .But, keep in mind, my last day of school was May 31st, so I've had a pretty nice size summer vacation.

Since I didn't blog too much over the summer (at all really), here's a quick view of what went down:

1. The last day of school; May 31st, we waved good-bye

2.  On June 4th, I began my E.d.S. in Inclusive Education. I had a good study buddy.

3. I presented at the 20th Annual Model Schools Conference

4. I hung out with old colleagues. Here are some of my favorite former co-workers (from the private school)

5. I bought a DSLR Nikon camera.  I gave my old point-and-shoot to one of my siblings in Kenya, and had been using my school's point-and-shoot all school-year. Since my mom is a professional photographer, I figured it was time to buy a legit camera for all my camera needs (they are endless).  Here is my Mom doing her thing.

6. I modeled in a plus-size fashion show. It was very liberating

7. My mom and I collaborated for a visual for one of my grad school projects, which focused on her home town. This is her (the smaller one) on the steps of her grandmother's house.

8. I rested a lot; so did my spoiled furry children

9. I dyed my hair white-blonde. Well, I didn't, my amazing hairdresser did.

10. I got faux hardwoods installed and inherited some amazing new-to-me leather furniture.  You can see I have some decorating reconciliation to do!

11. I wrote over 80 pages of research stemming from peer-reviewed sources.

12. I got to present my Model Schools presentation for my local school leadership. There were more people in attendance than I expected; it was awesome!

13. I visited a new public garden not twenty minutes from my house. They have a large, and incredible Japanese garden.



14. I went to Lake Wedowee with some fun women


15. I worked on my photography skills

16. I framed 20 pieces of student artwork for the hallways of my school

17. I bought some much needed art supplies during the back-to-school sales

Tomorrow, I head back to school! If you are already back, I hope you are having a great time. . . And ,if you are still enjoying your summer, may it be awesome!


  1. I head back tomorrow too. Actually I started with a couple of "new teacher" days but they were very easy going 1/2 meetings 1/2 work in your rooms.
    Love seeing all you did this summer.
    Your study buddy looks like a cutie!
    Have a great year.

  2. Hi Amy, you ROCK that white blonde hair! I LOVE it!! And by the way - we also do the end of the year 'wave'.

    Sounds like you had an awesome summer!

  3. yer summer makes my summer look paltry. i need to DO something.

    p.s. goodness you are rocking that blonde! i love yer haircut and hope it is okay if i reference it to my stylist!

  4. Looks like a wonderful summer! And I love your platinum hair as well...gorgeous! Hope you have a great school year.

  5. I enjoyed your summer vacay photos, Amy, but I LOVE your new hair color!!!!

  6. I'm so glad you had a great summer! I hope this week is going well for you. I would love to pick your brain about unit planning some time. I'm a fairly new art teacher and very new to junior high regular art. I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog and even got to use a lesson you posted last semester. This will be my first full year in this position and I'm looking forward to what I have the opportunity to do. I deal with some of the same challenges I've read about on your blog and would love to hear more about all of it. If you ever have the time for a phone call I'd love a chance to talk!

  7. Dear Amy,
    I'm a second year art teacher who happen to stumble upon your blog today looking for ideas for my upcoming school year (I'm on of those New Englanders who doesn't go back for another 3 weeks). I would just like to tell you that you are an inspiration for me and have set the bar very high for the type of art educator I hope to become. Thank you so much for sharing!

    ps Your hair is AMAZING

  8. Aw ty guys for all of the hair love! It is really polarizing. . .People either love or hate it! I love it.

    Mary, I'd love talk with you anytime! Feel free to email me at and we can set up a time to chat!

    And, anon, ty for your kind words. I've actually had a bit of trying week and the positive feedback was just really affirming!

  9. Hi Amy,
    I found a post you wrote on "bad teacher" about "do-nows"...can you share some of your warm up activities. I will be teaching high schoolers with very little art experience...and need ideas for the start of class
    Thank you, Terry

    ps love your website!