lizAbout Me:   I grew up in Reading where I was involved in the visual arts at the high school while also participating in various athletics. I was co-captain of the Varsity basketball team and track team. I received a BFA during my undergraduate studies and received my masters in 2014. I had the great fortune to work as a special needs para-educator within the Reading school district. This role nurtured a love of working closely and connecting with children of all ages and abilities. It has also been an asset in providing me with valuable experience that strengthened my teaching in the art classroom. I had an incredible visual art student teaching experience working with many students and alongside a highly knowledgeable art educator. To witness my art students accomplish something they thought beyond their reach was truly amazing.

Education:

BFA Sculpture/3-D studies, UMass Dartmouth

MAT Teaching Art, Salem State University

Honors and Awards:

Initial Educator’s License Visual Art PreK-8

Magna Cum Laude, UMD

Golden Key International Honour Society

Certificate of Academic Achievement, Honors, Sculpture/3-D Studies

Scholastic Art Award

Exhibitions:

“Nice, Fresh Sculpture Show,” Fall River, MA

“BFA Thesis Show,” Artworks Gallery, New Bedford, MA

18th, 17th, and 16th “Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition,” North Dartmouth, MA

“2nd Annual 12×12 Show” New Bedford, MA

“Work Inspired by the Natural History Cabinet,” Juried, Lecture Hall Gallery, New Bedford, MA

“Chestnut Hall All Student Art Gallery,” North Dartmouth, MA

“CVPA Foundation Studio Arts Juried Exhibition,” Gallery 1, North Dartmouth, MA

 

Collections in:

Avon, CT

Chelmsford, MA

Fall River, MA

Lynn, MA

Reading, MA

Newton, MA

Wakefield, MA

Wells, ME

Cobbleskill, NY

Saratoga Springs, NY

Millis, MA

Wilmington, MA

Salem, MA

Memorable Teaching Moment:   Officially beginning my career as an art teacher with the students being excited and challenged right on the first day, while including many smiles, laughter, and “Whoa, things are so different!” exclamations.

Favorite Quote:

“The EARTH without ART is just EH.” – Unknown

Contact Me:

shields@stpatrickschoolstoneham.org

Elizabeth Shields – Art Teacher