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Annie Monaghan

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Location(s) Lower School
Title(s) Lower School Art Teacher
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Degree(s) Bachelor of Arts K-12 Teaching Certificate, UNC Asheville 2014
K-12 Teaching Certificate, UNC Asheville 2014
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Annie Monaghan teaches art in the Lower School. She joined CDS in August 2014. Annie worked as an art director at a summer camp in Northern Michigan and also taught a variety of after school classes at Asheville Middle School for several years. She graduated from UNC Asheville with a Bachelor of Art and a K-12 Teaching certificate. Annie graduated magna cum laude with recognition in Excellence as a student teacher at Evergreen Community Charter.


Get to know Annie Jewett:


In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “Working at Carolina Day, I have the strong support of the administration, staff, and parents, which allows me to teach very involved, complex art projects to help students become more innovative and creative at a young age.”


What do you like most about your job at CDS? The amazing kids of course! Every single day I come to work excited about the young minds that I get to spend time with and help blossom into creative individuals.”


In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? CDS staff really takes time to create lessons and projects for students that foster their imagination. Teachers create essential questions for lessons that focus on the “how” and “why” of subjects and experiences. This pushes students to really dissect information and understand it rather than just memorizing information.”


How would you describe your classroom? “Inspirational, colorful and full of art. When students enter my classroom they are surrounded by the art of masters, local artists, and fellow students. Art is everywhere, art is in everything.”  


What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Creativity takes courage” -Henri Matisse. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle


How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? Pushing students to be their own best artist.”


Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “I’m not sure that I am known for anything yet, as this is only my second year teaching. But the fourth grade germ monster project was quite a hit last year. Fourth-graders began by designing their own germ monster colored pencil drawing. From this 2D image, they started with scraps of fabric and yarn and made their design 3D. Students learned techniques of hand-sewing, which up until this point almost no one had experienced. It was refreshing to watch students learn the traditional skill in such a creative, fun way.”  


What personal passion brings balance to your life? My intense love for all things food. Listening to upbeat music. Being in nature, swimming, hiking, camping.”


How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? CDS is very different from the school I attended for elementary school. CDS learning is very deep and really fosters a sense of exploration, innovation and understanding. There is a deep community here at CDS that is strong and is celebrated. These things are all very important for kids to experience growing up so that when one enters “the real world,” they are confident and creative and can have a positive impact on their community.”

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