Jessica Meadows

Jessica Meadows



Hello!  My name is Mrs. Meadows and welcome to my web page.  I am so excited to be able to teach here at North Douglas Elementary School.  I LOVE MY JOB!  I have been teaching art since 2006.  I have been teaching here since 2008.  I graduated from the University of West Georgia. 
I have always wanted to teach and I always wanted to be an artist.  So, I just put the two together.  I owe it all to my Elementary Art teacher Mrs. Vesta Ayers.  She inspired me to do my best and not to be afraid of messing up.  As Bob Ross says, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.  I hope I can inspire my students to never be afraid to push their skills to the limit, even if they feel they have no skills (which they do and will discover).  All my students are artists and can do anything they put their minds to.  I believe everyone of them have something valuable to say through visual art. 
 They have a wonderful mind and in art, they are able to express ideas and feelings in ways they may not be able to in other subject areas.  In fact, art will support, grow and blossom their ideas and knowledge they have acquired in other subject areas.  I hope my classroom is a place of learning, but also a place of support, fun, peace, joy, laughter, hope and love.  I love every child that walks in and out my doors.  I get so excited about what will be produced in class; what they will discover about themselves and what I will learn from them.  Sometimes I catch myself dancing around the room behind the students going, "I'm so excited . . . and I just can't hide it!"  It's all in my head so the students are not able to hear it, which is probably for the best.  However, they  do see me and I'm sure that's why they have given me some confused looks (or at least I hope that's why).
My growth as an educator may come from professional learning, research, trial and error and furthering my own education in school, but my growth as a person largely comes from my students.  I learn so much from them every year that I feel like I owe each one of them a debt of gratitude.  I am who I am today because of my students.  I have been taught by them and uplifted by them.  They are my purpose.  I hope I bring them as much joy as they bring me.  I hope I teach them as much as they teach me.  I hope I give as much as they give me.  I hope. 
I want to be worthy of teaching them.  My goal as an educator is to stretch each child as far as they can go artistically and then have them grow even beyond their own expectations.  I love when a student realizes how amazing they are at art whether it be drawing, painting, cutting and gluing, printing, mixing colors, combining shapes, having a unique style, being able to think outside the box, building things from scraps, working with clay, splatter painting, seeing things in shapes all around them or just enjoying all the art around them.  I am richly blessed and will continue to be blessed because of your child.  I hope I bless them as we go through this year together!  We are STINGRAY STRONG and Stronger Together!