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Andersen Teacher of the Year

Art teacher Kara Minton has been named the Andersen Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018.

Minton has had a passion for art since she was a seventh grader – and now she gets to bring her passion for art in front of students.

“I’ve expressed this passion in multiple ways throughout my life,” Minton said. “As a stay at home mom of three, I was given the opportunity to teach at a summer art camp at my church. It was during that experience, when I discovered my passion for sharing art with kids. After my children were all in school, I decided to pursue my career in art education.  I have an Interior Design degree, so I was able to get my alternative certification to teach art in grades pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade.”

Minton views students like an artist does with a canvass or clay that needs molding; each has different needs.

“I approach each student like I do a piece of art,” Minton said. “I look to see what is unique about that student and help them express that through the art we create.”

Minton said she hopes her students will remember her passion and enthusiasm for art and share that same passion with others.  “My hope is also that they will continue to appreciate and experience art as they grow into adulthood,” Minton said.

After Minton moved to Tulsa in 2009, she began her Union career as a pre-kindergarten aide at Jefferson Elementary School while she waited for an art position to open.

“In 2011, I started my teaching career at Boevers Elementary and was there three years before coming to Andersen, where I am now in my fourth year,” Minton said, adding “I chose to teacher at Union because of the reputation of the district and because it is the path God put me on.”

And, she hopes to stay at Union.  “I see myself continuing to expand my knowledge and love of art so I can bring my very best to the students at Andersen!” Minton exclaimed.

Educational Background

Bachelors in Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Interior Design from Oklahoma State University GO POKES!!!!

Alternative Certification in Art Education for grades Pre-kindergarten-12

She also attends conferences in the summer and winter through Art of Ed on-line courses.

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