Bonnie Cooper

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My career in the Arts has spanned 3 decades. Early in my career in the New York City area, I taught ceramics (all levels) at Universities including Parsons School of Design, Montclair State University and Long Island University. From 2005-2011, in Taos, New Mexico, I was afforded the opportunity to solely be a studio artist creating sculpture akin to the high desert landscape. In June 2015, I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching from Mount Holyoke College and received a 5-12 Visual Art, Massachusetts Teacher License.

Currently, I hold the position of Special Education/Art Teacher at Springfield Public Day High School. At this alternative high school I teach art applications in a flexible way to accommodate what works best for the students. Creative problem solving and exciting projects that relate to their experiences is what draws out their best work. As if my life is not full enough, I am currently in the Special Education licensure program at MHC. I plan to complete this license process sometime in 2017. Other schools in Springfield, MA where I’ve taught Visual Art are the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts and Central High School.

What fuels my creative fire and momentum for life-long learning is being a mother to my teenaged daughter. She inspires me to do my best, look to the future and hold what is dear to me close to my heart.