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Mrs. Jennifer Torres » About Me

About Me

You can’t be smart without ART!

About Me:  This is my 13th year of teaching - my 5th year at University Park Elementary - and I love igniting the imaginations and bringing out the creativity in my students.  I enjoy downtown living with my husband, Saul, and when I'm not teaching, I like to root on the Cowboys, go to the movies, visit museums, volunteer, cook, and travel. Some of my favorite artists are Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Goldsworthy, and Frida Kahlo.  I am also a mom of a 26 year old son named Jordan and a 18 year old step-son named Quinn.

Education/Background:  I graduated with a BFA in Visual Art Studies from the University of North Texas and I am currently acquiring a Master of Arts in Art Education from Texas Woman's University. Prior to returning to the classroom in 2002, I worked in the non-profits arts education sector and directed a local children's art festival in participation with The Kennedy Center.

My Philosophy:  I believe the arts are a vital part of educating all children and an integral part of developing adults who are creative innovators that possess a high degree of self-esteem and self-awareness.  As an art educator, my role is to guide children through the art making process as an instrument for self-discovery, a way to connect themselves to the world, and a method for positively processing their own thoughts and feelings.

Favorite Art Quote:  "Creativity takes courage." -- Henri Matisse