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Teaching Artist Statement

I have taught and mentored in a variety of settings over a period of decades. My specialty is to encourage students to work from their own level of perception and awareness.  My teaching involves dramatic performance which means you are likely to find students up and out of their seats in costume interacting enthusiastically with one another and embodying fictional characters inspired by literature and history.  My classroom environment is not a traditional setting and encourages students to use action and imagination to explore curricular connections. I believe in integrative teaching as a powerful motivator for learners to achieve in other area of the curriculum.

In recent years I have worked as a substitute for the Montessori school, led kids camps at Penland School of Crafts, led summer camps for Yancey County 4-H, Camp Spring Creek, have initiated programs for Carolina Day school, Claxton Elementary, Evergreen Charter School, Camp Sequoia.

Areas of Interest

My main areas of interest have been clown arts and photographic documentation. My cross cultural pursuits encompass dance, singing, storytelling, and the world of nature. To me, humor has become a focus as a way to empower students to enjoy the learning process.


True is available to sub in Mitchell County.  She specializes in creating a magical and dynamic learning environment. She prefers to sub on days when art can be an integral part of the teaching, so please give her advance notice to plan special projects that tie to your curriculum. Call her to discuss availability.


“Her knowledge, energy, and empathy for children of all ages create a special learning environment. Her unrivaled teaching has made her a valuable asset to the Mitchell County Schools.”

Carolyn Riley

TRAC Education Coordinator

What’s in My Suitcase?

  • Various masks
  • Performance props
  • Theater makeup
  • Sound makers
  • Music
  • Reference books
  • Camera for documentation
  • Various supplies for 2 and 3D art

What Might We Do with All This Stuff?

  • Bringing Social Studies and history to life
  • Clowning
  • Make up arts
  • Dance
  • Movement
  • Basic theater arts
  • Interpretive visual arts
  • Stage craft
  • Prop making
  • Puppetry
  • Mask making

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