New Art Teacher: Traci Gautier

Our New Teacher articles let you get to know our new teachers as we welcome them to Challenge Charter Schools this year. Ms. Gautier was a long-term sub before becoming our Art Teacher, and we are glad she has joined our staff to teach this creative and important subject.

 Ms. Gautier in the art room teaching our scholars.

Ms. Gautier in the art room teaching our scholars.

Why is it important our scholars learn about and participate in art classes?

It is important that our scholars learn about and participate in art because it helps them become more creative, confident, focused and helps them to use non-verbal communication. I tell my scholars all the time when you open up your creative side, you can use it for Writing, ELA and even Math. So when they tell me they can't, I want them to prove to themselves that they can.

What are some of the upcoming art projects for this year? 

One major upcoming project I have in mind is a school wide art auction where the scholars will be able to create artwork and have their artwork bid on by the parents.

What is your favorite color and why?

My absolute number one favorite color is blue! I like any and every shade of blue, it's just so calming and soothing. I painted my son’s bedroom blue, and my dishes in my home are blue. Even my pots and pans set is blue. It's just a color that makes me happy. It makes me feel like I'm on an island or in California LOL.

What one word or short phrase describes your focus for the 2018-19 academic year?

My phrase that describes my focus for the 2018-19 academic year is: "It's not about perfection, it's about effort.”