“Volunteering and working with children at a young age provided an opportunity for me to share my expertise as an artist. This sparked my passion for teaching,” stated Mrs. Masone, the new BYMS visual art teacher.
Mrs. Masone, one of the six new teachers here on campus, also happens to be a former Matador. Before coming to teach at BYMS, she taught art at Kraemer Middle School. “Not sure if it is considered a challenge,” she replied during an interview with Matador Messenger regarding her opinions of teaching at a new school, “I’d have to say having a blank ‘canvas’ or classroom to begin brand new is exciting but also can be hard work!”.
Mrs. Masone became a teacher because of her mother, a retired teacher, whom she admired and respected. Furthermore, many of her former teachers/mentors inspired her to pursue a teaching career.
Besides creating art and painting, Mrs. Masone enjoys camping, kayaking, walking her dogs, attending church, gardening, and cooking. She attended Laguna College of Art and Design to receive her bachelor of arts degree in drawing and painting while earning her secondary art teaching credential and Masters in Education at Concordia University, Irvine.
“Students producing beautiful works of art and showcasing their talents,” remarked Mrs. Masone, “as well as me providing art demonstrations that give students excitement and joy are rewards that motivate me to keep going!”.
Some goals she has set for her students this year are to be courageous, explore new mediums, and to practice, practice, practice! “Be connected and involved — it will make your middle school experience more memorable! Meet new friends, be kind, be positive, and begin each day with a smile!”, she added.
As an art teacher with several years of experience, Mrs. Masone has used a quote to guide her teaching: “Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment” by Maryann F. Kohl. She concluded, “As an art teacher, I strive to encourage creativity! All students have a unique perspective of the world around them. I hope to let that freedom of expression and light shine from within them.”