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Art teacher: Hope Ferns

October 13, 2022

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Addison Locke

Hope Ferns

Q: Were you a teacher before joining Lincoln staff? If so, where? 

A: It’s my first official year teaching. I student taught at Lincoln last year with Ms. Lily and took over gradually as she went out on some leaves. I then got hired to join the school officially as a licensed educator this year. 

Q: What do you teach? 

A: I teach 2D Visual Arts: drawing, painting and printmaking. 

Q: How have you been enjoying the new Lincoln building? 

A: I really enjoy the space. I think it’s given everyone this energy I really can’t capture with words. Coming in compared to last year with covid and the building falling apart already. There were leaks in my classroom every week and it would ruin peoples’ artwork. In this space, I automatically feel more positive. There are some things we need to work out like accessibility issues, but I think it’s such an interesting and cool space. 

Q: What is your favorite part about teaching? 

A: My favorite part about teaching… It’s a one woman show which boosts my ego, but no, something about when students are excited about creating and they get this look in their eye or an “Aha” moment or something clicks. I just live for it. I wish I could bottle it up. Being able to share things I find interesting and learn as much from students as hopefully they learn from me. Art is such a fun, collaborative space. I’ll give you the tools, but you run with them. Seeing what people get to create and their growth throughout the year is really exciting. 

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