Art Education (Union and Englewood Hills)   

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afiles@northmontschools.net

I am the ART teacher at Union Elementary and Englewood Hills Elementary. I believe every child is an artist. In my class, we follow the method of Teaching for Artistic Behaviors (TAB). In this philosophy, there are 3 main points, 1. The child is the artist 2. The art room is their studio 3. What do artists do? We focus on the process of art-making more than the final project. These artistic behaviors are things that can help them in other areas of life. We focus on the studio habits of mind (what artists do). 

Over a decade ago, researchers with Harvard's Project Zero identified The Studio Habits of Mind. Through research, Lois Hetland and her team classified and named eight Studio Habits which include: Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, Stretch & Explore and Understand Art Worlds.

I have a degree in Art education as well as Biology education from Eastern Michigan University. Education is my passion, Art is my hobby.

Outside of teaching, I am a mother of 3 beautiful girls and a wife to an amazing husband.

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