Mrs. Susan Stevenson
Hancock Public School
Art Instructor, Media Specialist, Grad. Standard Techician and Yearbook Advisor.
This begins my 34th year at Hancock. In 1980, I started and
taught only 7th and 8th grade art. In 1982, I also started to
earned my Media Specialist degree; soon after I became the school's
Librarian. With the changing world and its forms of information and
how they are delievered change so too has the job description.
Therefore, the correct title is Media Specialist.
I also increased my teaching load to include elementary art. I
see grade 1 to 6 (18 weeks each) during the school year. Senior high
art along with Media Arts I , II and III were later added as an elective, and
Art 9 - 12 was added laster for students (not in band or choir) to meet
their grad. standard ARTS requirement.
In 2000-2001, I was asked to be the Grad. Standard technician.
Prior to that time, I helped Carole Johnson type the school's original
grad. standards manual. This was a very busy year for me and the
teaching staff, as we learned together about the standards, how to
assess them and how to record the scores. The students helped with
all their efforts meeting all the tasks they were asked to do.
As the 2002-2003 school year comes to an end, we still have grad.
standards in place. The fall brought a new set of standards called
"Academic Standards" in the content areas of math, language arts and
the arts. In 2004-2005, we added two more areas to the core subjects;
Social Studies and Science. Teachers will be busy incorporating these into
their curriculum. These standards will also align with the "No child left
behind". Students now take MCA test in Math, Reading, Writing and Science.
The subjects of History, Ag. courses, the Arts, Business and Technology and
P.E. and Health still use the academic standards and profiles for their
The remainder of the standards will be made up of electives. I feel the
standards have helped the school's curriculum, it's teaching strategies, and
the ability to meet the needs of all students to receive a basic education.
It's great to see how well our students scored on the basic test as well and
the comprehensive tests.
Last year was my pleasure to represent the Hancock teaching staff as
Teacher of the Year. I was 1 of 145 candidates for this honor.
The mission for my classes is to help students explore the
elements and principles of art, art history, art critism, and the
creation of original art work; as well as to see art in their everyday life.
I will challenge all students to do their very best and push them
beyond their expectations of "it's okay". There is not a wrong or right
way to create art. It is the individual's interpetation of how to arrive
at their final solution to the problems they have to solve.
As we ready students for the 21st century, I have added more
technology to the curriclum and expect students to challenge themselves to
explore and create in this new format.