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Elementary School Art Teacher

Bentworth School District

Art Teacher

Bentworth Elementary Center

Elementary Art Teacher


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Preparation includes continuing one's own education, Longo said, and understanding that different children learn in different ways, sentiments Joy Gazi has taken to heart.

"It's important to love your field, but it's also important to know it, to continue learning," said Gazi, an elementary art teacher at Bentworth School District.
Like Richardson, Gazi brings different disciplines into her classes.Shepherding children from kindergarten through sixth grade, she teaches using a historical timeline that ranges from prehistoric painting and clay pottery to the amorphous world of contemporary art.
During 31 years at Bentworth, she recognized that many kids have no frame of reference when talking about Pablo Picasso or Leonardo Da Vinci.
Is Degas still alive?Is he an American? (No, and no.)
So Gazi began her historical approach, providing the cultural and scientific contexts of the old objects we've chosen to preserve.After a time, students entering history and math classes were able to say, "Oh, yeah, we learned about that in art class."And Gazi has been with the district long enough to have built a foundation for her teaching.
"You can't be isolated.You have to involve your community.You have to involve your parents.You have to get out into your building and ask questions," said Gazi, another onetime state finalist for Teacher of the Year.
Gazi said she knows she must keep her classes vital, as the arts often are first on the chopping block when budgets shrink.And she's not afraid to let children work with "adult" media, such as ceramics and other heat-treated materials.Often, she says, children will pay closer attention and have greater respect for their medium than adults, if given the proper instruction.
"I don't want art class to be handprint turkeys," she said.
Her rewards are affection and genuine excitement from her students, as well as the opportunity to watch them progress through their elementary education and beyond.A child may take several years to learn how to button his coat properly, but he is never a lost cause, she said.
A student may not have the motor skills to do well throwing pots, but may be able to express in writing what she can't in clay.Gazi says it's a teacher's job to give students the chance to discover their own talents and gain confidence.
Positive feedback from parents and positive outcomes for their children keep Gazi excited about her profession.She said a mother who moved her children from the well-heeled Peters Township School District to Bentworth was at first worried that the new school wouldn't provide as good an education.But she was reassured when she took her young daughter to the Louvre in Paris, and the girl was able to name the paintings and artists before the tour guide.
Gazi says one instills that kind of learning only in an atmosphere that respects children and their potential.
"You have to be careful how you treat children; they're so delicate.So, we learn together.We all grow together," said Gazi.
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Joycelyn M. Gazi , an elementary school art teacher at Bentworth School District for 28 years , was among the 12 finalists considered for the award.

The program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year.
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Joycelyn Gazi, an art teacher at Bentworth Elementary Center, feels she also works in a district that values arts education.But Bentworth can afford only about one school-sponsored outing a year at each grade level.And many cultural organizations, an hour's drive away in Pittsburgh, concentrate their outreach efforts on nearby school districts.

"Many times we go to different museums, the Carnegie, the Warhol.They really do appreciate what they're seeing," said Gazi, who has taught art for 33 years.
Gazi said even more importantly, Tambucci is uniting cultural resources in Washington County.
There are a lot of things we have that maybe we've taken for granted," Gazi said."It's just linking everything together."

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In 2001, elementary art teacher Joy Gazi also was named a finalist.

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Joycelyn M. Gazi

Bentworth Elementary Center
Bentworth School District
Grades K-6 ; Elementary Art

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