Winooski School District

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Jessica Bruce

Jessica BruceI live in Colchester with my husband Dan, son Nolan, and 2 kitties Shakka and Petey. I enjoy camping, watching movies, tennis, bowling, and of course – making art!

Education and Professional Experiences
Education:

Chittenden County Supervisory Union –
Teacher Apprenticeship Program
2010-2011

Herron School of Art and Design –
Indiana University ““ Purdue University, Indianapolis
BFA in Visual Communication
2001-2005

Champlain College
Graphic Design
2000-2001

Burlington Technical Center
Design and Illustration
1998-1999

Work Experience:

Essex High School
Student Teacher
Essex, VT | 2010-2011

Summit Street School
Student Teacher
Essex, VT | 2010-2011

Fletcher Elementary School
Student Teacher
Essex, VT | 2010-2011

National Life Group
Montpelier, VT
Graphic Designer
2008-2010

Young Rembrandt’s After school Art Program
K-3rd grade Art Instruction
2009

New Breed Marketing
Winooski, VT
Graphic Designer
2006-2008

Herron School of Art and Design
Indianapolis, Indiana
Designer/Professional Practice
2003-2005

What has been your greatest learning experience? (in or out of school)
My greatest learning experience as a teacher, has always been my ever-evolving self. The students I have taught have influenced my life in so many ways, and continue to help me grow as an individual and as a teacher in this great community.

Who do you admire and why?
1. Malala Yousafzai – an activist for the education of girls

2. James Franco – hilarious actor; besides his BFA in English from UCLA, he has two MFA degrees – both in writing – from Columbia and Brooklyn College, and a third MFA, in film, from New York University. He is continuing further degree studies while also teaching a graduate class that takes students through the process of making a feature-length film, and numerous acting gigs.

3. Bjork – Icelandic singer; changed what music means to me; continual re-evaluation of herself and her craft; not afraid to be unique/different/unconventional.

4. Jennifer Lawrence – Hunger Games … must I say more?!

5. My students – no matter what is happening in their personal lives, they come to school ready to learn, grow and thrive. That takes courage, pride, strength, … so many great things!

What do you love about your current WSD position and the WSD community?
I have been teaching at Winooski Middle/High School since 2011. I became an ART teacher because I value how important the ARTS are in our everyday lives, in subtle and more obvious ways. I appreciate the experiences I have with students when something comes to light inside them creatively. I really enjoy using art and creativity across multiple curricula and embrace any crossover of creative thinking through the ARTS that pushes the envelope of a norm. Students teach me more than I teach them … and we are always learning as beings, co-existing here on earth.