All Grade Levels, Visual Arts, Teaching Experience
DISCIPLINE // Visual Arts
BIO // Keila began her teaching career during the 1998/99 school year integrating art into the Special Education Programs at Sentinel High School. During that time, she also taught after school art classes to Washington and C.S.Porter Middle Schoolers. In 2008-2014, Keila served as a k-5 elementary visual art teacher for MCPS.
ARTIST STATEMENT // Everyone is born with a creative spark. Sometimes this spark is a flicker and sometimes a raging wildfire, but always the spark remains. As educators, we guide that spark; helping to ignite curiosity and creativity, exploring and expressing. Art is vital, not only to the individual but to humanity. The individual seeks out ways to express oneself to nurture the inner spark via visual arts, movement, voice, drama, dance, music, etc. Humanity needs art to create and hold onto meaning, to connect with each other, to share stories, to keep time, to tell a collective narrative, to appreciate each other, and to elevate the human spirit.
As an art educator and parent, I want children to find alternate ways of expressing their inner voice. I want them to get their hands dirty, smear colors, make a fantastic mess, have fun, build confidence, try something new, be bold, and believe in themselves. Art does not have to be right or wrong it can just be different. We live in a visual world and our children need to cultivate a visual language. As much as finding, nurturing, and cultivating children’s inner sparkle; children need to see and appreciate the sparkle in others. Visual Art compliments every aspect of learning and when people learn something in more than one way, better learning happens. Art helps develop creative, confident, critical thinking, problem solving, visual-aesthetic awareness, and fosters a more responsible consumer. As a parent, I want my children to be successful, art is the catalyst and the vital component in fanning the creative spark….
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION // Short-term and long-term residencies
GRADE LEVELS // all
CONTACT INFORMATION // (406) 360-1358 / Email
BADGES EARNED //
The Kennedy Center Foundation in Arts Integration: 2015
The Kennedy Center Foundation in Arts Integration: 2016
SPARK! Artist Training 2017
Artists As Educators: Refining Your Practice