Resume

Caroline "Kate" L. Nesmith

                                   KATE.NESMITH@GMAIL.COM              WWW.KATENESMITH.COM
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EDUCATOR PROFILE
Named Harrisonburg City Public School's Teacher of the Year (2012), Kate is a dedicated, innovative, and resourceful art educator committed to students, colleagues, and the local community, Kate strives to foster a classroom environment where respect, kindness, and consistency allow children to flourish as artists.  An excellent communicator with both children and adults, Kate’s caring manner promotes positive interpersonal relationships. Kate has served on school and district leadership teams, presented at local and state conferences, completed several grant-funded art projects, and regularly welcomes pre-service teachers into her classroom. Kate’s master’s thesis research focused on student-centered teaching methodologies in the art classroom.
 
LICENSURE   
PK-12 Virginia Art Education Certificate………………………………………………………………… renewed 2013
EDUCATION    
James Madison University, Masters of Art in Art Education…………………………………………………….   2016
    Thesis: Teaching for Artistic Behavior, A Collective Case Study
Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Graduate Course Work………………………………….……………   2015
Longwood University, Graduate Course Work……………………………………………………………………   2014
Eastern Mennonite University, Graduate Course Work……………….…………………………….……………   2012
James Madison University, Bachelor of Fine Arts………………………………………..…………..……………   2008
    Summa Cum Laude in Studio Art and Art Education; Music Minor
 
CLASSROOM TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Art Teacher, Smithland Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2016 - 2017
  • Ongoing development, refinement, and implementation of comprehensive art curricula for
    550+ students, adapting research on choice-based instructional strategies to meet the needs
    of a highly diverse student body.
  • Coordinator of after school Art Clubs groups, with projects focused on serving community.
  • Mentor runner with Smithland Rocket Running Club.
  • Clear & Focused Mission Committee Member; assisted in writing school's mission
    statement and developing activities to promote mission statement within student body.
  • Coordinating and producing a grant-funded collaborative campus-wide art installation;
    highlighting and celebrating the "unity within diversity" of students, faculty, and staff between
    Smithland and adjoining middle school.
  • Regularly collaborated with district art faculty to plan, promote, and produce Youth Art
    Month show.
  • Regularly collaborated with district elementary art faculty to develop PK-5 art curriculum
    aligned with district, state, and national visual art standards.
Instructor of Record, Art Activities in the Elementary Classroom, James Madison University……………. . .  2016
  • Revised course syllabus to reflect relevant art education practices for elementary methods.
  • Developed lectures, discussions, and interactive activities that promote hands-on,
    practical strategies for implementing visual art curriculum in diverse educational
    settings.
  • Oversaw practicum experiences for pre-licensure students in local elementary schools.
  • Evaluated all student work including comprehensive lesson plans, weekly reflection
    papers, position statements, and professional portfolio development.
University Supervisor for Student Teachers, James Madison University……………………………… 2015 - 2016
  • Served as liaison for JMU School of Education, School of Art, Design and Art History, mentor
    teachers, and student teachers.
  • Reviewed and documented student teacher performance through classroom visits and
    observations of classroom teaching throughout placements in a digital format.
  • Provided professional support to mentor teachers and student teachers.
  • Sessions developed for College of Education Creativity Courses on developing authentic connections between core subject and visual art content.
 Art Teacher, Stone Spring Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA……………………………………… 2008 - 2015
  • Granted 12 month sabbatical leave by HCPS School Board (with recommendation from Superintendent) to complete graduate work.
  • Developed a unique PreK art curricula designed to introduce our youngest artists to art
    materials, techniques and processes through original songs and story-based art projects.
  • Ongoing development, refinement and implementation of comprehensive art curricula for
    500 PreK-4th grade students, including regional ASD and multiple-disabilities classrooms.
  • Served on Arts Integration Committee, assisted with the implementation of an Arts
    Integration Program.
    Responsibilities included advising classroom teachers with
    recommendations of related art activities, materials and techniques to complement and
    deepen student engagement with classroom curricula.
  • Served as school representative to District Leadership Team, a space for vertical
    communication of district-wide goals to be shared between schools and central office staff.
  • Hosted an after-school Art Club for upper-level students interested in pursuing art
    techniques. Projects included backdrops, murals, found-object art, suminagashi print-
    making, clay processes, playground refurbishment, and snowplow murals.
  • Regularly collaborated with SPED, ESL, music and PE programs to adapt art curricula
    to the needs of our all our students.
  • Collaborated with PK-12 Art Education faculty to develop annual student art shows.
 
TEACHING EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
John F. Kennedy Center, Education Department, Washington, DC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2017
  • Developed workshop for educators addressing cross-overs between makerspaces and art
    classrooms, encouraging participants to brainstorm effective approaches for integration.
Staunton-Augusta Art Center Summer Art Program, Staunton, VA…………………………… . . . . . . . . . . .  2016
  • Developed thematic art classes for children addressing historical and contemporary
    perspectives of artwork inspired by the landscape and care for the environment
College for Kids Program,  James Madison University…………………………………………………..…..….   2016
  • Designed a program based on graduate research, allowing students to develop and produce
    their own artwork.
Summer Art Program, James Madison University………………………………………………………    2011 - 2016
  • Developed thematic art classes for children including non-traditional art making techniques.
  • Coordinated lunch-time art activities for 75+ children ages 6-14.
Larkin Arts Center, Harrisonburg, VA………………………………………………….….…………………. . .    2008
  • Developed art class for children ages 6-10, where students created interactive art projects.
Education Intern, Lisanby Museum, James Madison University………………………………………………    2005
  • Assisted with preparation for bi-weekly art and world culture field trips.
     
SPECIAL PROJECTS & GRANTS
Arts Council of the Valley Educational Grant Award Co-Winner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2016 - 2017
  • "Woven Together," collaborative project between elementary and middle school, where
    students, faculty & staff members' answers to a series of questions was graphed onto large
    wall-mounted string art weavings to promote the "unity within diversity" of our community.
Harrisonburg Education Foundation Grant Award Co-Winner…………………………………………..  2014 - 2015
  • “Only One You,” joint project between library and art classes to create an art
    installation on school property where students designed and painted a river rock to
    reflect their individuality.
Arts Council of the Valley Educational Grant Award Co-Winner………………………………………..  2014 - 2015
  • “Aleatoric Explorations,” joint project between art and music classes, where 4th grade
    students composed an aleatoric musical piece and developed it into a canvas painting.
Arts Council of the Valley Educational Grant Award Winner…………………………………….  2011, 2012 & 2013
  • “Persuade Me Tee,” Project for 3rd grade students to design and create their own
    persuasive slogan t-shirts
    promoting good habits.
Stations of the Cross Project Coordinator…………………………………….….……….…………….………..  2012
  • Organized and coordinated artists to produce a collaborative art project for the Easter
    season at a local church.
Harrisonburg Education Foundation Grant Award Winner……………………………………………...    2011 - 2012
  • “SSES Interactive Art Museum,” an interactive digital art project developed for students,
    integrating fine art reproductions, interactive technology and visual art projects.
Repaint the Map Project Coordinator………………………………………………………………………........…... 2010
  • Organized and coordinated effort to repaint playground map of USA with 2nd - 4th
    grade students and collegiate volunteers.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & MEMBERSHIPS
    John F. Kennedy Center, Educational Workshop presenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2017
    Presenter, National Art Education Association Professional Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2017
    Clinical Faculty, Mid-Valley Education Consortium……………………………………………….….  2015 - Present
    Design Team, HCPS Elementary Art Curriculum Framework…………………………………...………   2014 - 2015
    Arts Integration Design Team, Kennedy Center’s CETA Grant Program…………………………....…   2014 - 2015
    Collaborator, Imagination Celebration Art Event by HCPS Art Teachers……………………………. .  2014 - 2015
    Presenter, Virginia Art Education Association Professional Conference…………………………...……. 2012, 2014
    HCPS District Leadership Team, School Representative………………………………………....……… 2011 - 2012
    Mentor Teacher for practicum students & student teachers ………………………………………  2009 - Present
    Stone Spring Elementary School PTA, Member…………………………………………………………  2008 - 2015
    National Art Education Association, Member……………………………………………………….   2008 - Present
    Virginia Art Education Association, Member…………………………………………………………  2008 - Present
    Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity, Brother………………………………………….……  2007 - 2008
    National Art Education Association, Student Chapter, Treasurer & Secretary ……………………. .  2006 - 2008
    Dean Search Committee, JMU College of Visual & Performing Arts, student rep…………………… 2006 - 2007
    Ceramics Studio Assistant ……………………………………………………………………….……. .  2006 - 2008
    National Society of Collegiate Scholars, member……………………………………………….…. .  2005 - Present
HONORS & AWARDS
    Top Poster Presentation Award, JMU Graduate Student Research Showcase ……………………………....   2016
    Sabbatical Leave, Harrisonburg City School Board……………………………………………….….…   2015 - 2016
    VAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year Nominee…………………………………………………...   2014, 2015
    Teacher of the Year, Harrisonburg City Public Schools…………………………………………………………  2012
    Teacher of the Year, Stone Spring Elementary School…………………………………………………………   2012
    Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, Innovation in K-12 Education Award Nominee……………………   2012
    Senior Honor’s Project in Studio Art…………………………………………………………………………….   2008
    Recipient, Jay D. Kain Excellence in Art Education Scholarship………………………………………………   2007
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
    Fellowship Coordinator, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Staunton, VA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2015 - present
    Lilylush Design, Small Business Owner……………………………………………………….…………   2010 - 2015     New Dimensions of Grace, Board Member…………………………………………….……………….    2010 - 2012
    Friendly City Food Co-op, Harrisonburg, VA, Member…………………………………………………   2010 - 2012
    Harrisonburg/Rockingham Thermal Shelter, Volunteer……………………………………………………….    2009
    Harrisonburg Pregnancy Center, Volunteer Receptionist/facilities maintenance……………………  2006 - 2007
    Young Life, Volunteer leader……………………………………………………………………………   2004 - 2005
    Lake Champion Young Life Camp, Ropes Course Wrangler……………………………………………………  2004
ART SHOWS
    Making: Artists who Teach Faculty Art Show, Harrisonburg, VA………………………………………………  2015
    Festival of the Arts Fundraiser Art Show, Blue Ridge Christian School, Dayton, VA………………………...   2015
    Blue Ridge VAEA Educator Art Show, Waynesboro, VA and Shenandoah, VA……………………………….   2014
    Stations of the Cross Art Exhibit, Grace Covenant Church, Harrisonburg, VA………………………..……...   2014
    JMU Sculpture Student Exhibition, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA………………………….…….….  2008