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This profile was last updated on 9/1/05  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Head of the Art Department
    FHS Literacy League
  • Art Teacher
    FHS Literacy League
  • Art Teacher
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LGBT Book, Film & Video Blog: September 2005, 1 Sept 2005 [cached]
Fayetteville High School senior Erin Roberts and FHS art teacher John Remmers, who is also the Gay-Straight Alliance sponsor, did speak for about that much time against restricting access to school library books.
Remmers gave an impassioned speech about the struggles of gay students and encouraged school board members not to place any restrictions on what books students can check out.
Northwest Arkansas Times :: Northwest Arkansas News, 26 May 2003 [cached]
John Remmers' students linger after the last bell rings.Many of them stay long after the other Fayetteville High School students have gone home.They enjoy the quiet hours after school and on the weekends to work diligently on their art projects.
Remmers is happy to oblige them.Head of the art department at FHS, Remmers spends more time at school than in is own studio.His students often joke that he must live in his classroom.
But making the classroom available for students to use as their own artistic space is just another reason why Remmers is such a popular teacher.
He tries to deny his popularity among the students, but he said if it has to be true, it's probably because he is fair."I believe in treating people as equals regardless of whether they are the superintendent or a firstyear student," he said.
Which could also be why his students seek out his advice and why he was chosen a few years ago to sponsor the Gay/Straight Alliance at FHS."They needed me to make it a legal organization," he said.
Remmers doesn't have much time for his own art during the school year, but teaching has its own rewards."Teaching is the most wonderful job," he said.
" They take art as a serious curriculum, and the administration sees it as a serious curriculum, "Remmers said.
If it weren't for the rest of the faculty, he said, the accomplishments of the art department would not be as fruitful.
" There is an atmosphere of valuing learning for the sake of learning in this place that I believe is increasingly too rare, "he said."My students are nurtured and challenged in so many of their other classes that it is easy to also promote innovation and quality workmanship in the studio. "
The" quality workmanship "can be seen on the walls of the high school in the murals that art students have done.
" We're very fortunate to be at a school that encourages students to have ownership of the building, "Remmers said.
His students also believe they are fortunate, the projects they work on in Remmers ' class are beyond what most high school art departments offer.
All three hope to pursue art beyond high school, and agree that Remmers' instruction will prepare them for whatever comes next. :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source, 23 Mar 2004 [cached]
The same black T-shirt was worn to school Thursday by faculty sponsor John Remmers, an art teacher at FHS.
While they are certainly aware of the issue, the emphasis at the club is usually on social activities, according Remmers."The group ends up being somewhat of a social gathering," Remmers said."Though our existence may seem political... we mostly enjoy each other,s company like any other student club."
The group does participate in the National Day of Silence in the spring, and it rides in a float during the annual homecoming parade.Other activities include a winter party, movie nights and similar activities any other club might have, Remmers said."We focus more on local things," Knight said.
Nearly four years after it was established, the Fayetteville High School Gay-Straight Alliance, the only high school club of its kind in Arkansas, still has a good following at the school.
Remmers said he has been contacted by people in Rogers and other Arkansas cities over the years about how to start a chapter.He said he always offers them advice, but as far as he knows, none of those efforts has led to fruition.
Initially, about 75 students ratified the original constitution, Remmers said.
The club takes the approach that it doesn,t matter what the student,s sexual orientation is, Remmers said.This approach is one of the club,s best attributes."This is one place we can go where it truly does not matter," he said.
As for the school,s administration, Remmers credited it as very supportive for allowing the club to simply exist.The formation of such clubs can often be a controversial issue for school districts."I think we,re getting the same treatment any other club would receive," he said.
Most members are involved in a variety of other activities besides the gay/straight alliance, Remmers adds, noting several go to church or are involved in youth groups."They are normal students," he said. :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source, 27 Jan 2006 [cached]
Art teacher John Remmers said it was regrettable that teachers picketed against the change in front of the school Wednesday, but it was necessary to make their voices heard.
In other business, the board voted unanimously to give Superintendent Bobby New a one-year extension on his contract and renew it through the 2008-09 school year. :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source, 6 Feb 2006 [cached]
Art teacher John Remmers, a vocal opponent of the change, is one of the teachers with a seventh-period class.
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