Sunday, October 21, 2018
Last Updated October 18, 2018 04:26 PM MDT
LCPS Mission: The Las Cruces Public Schools, in partnership with students, families, and the community, provides a student-centered learning environment that cultivates character, fosters academic excellence, and embraces diversity.

A.R.T.S. Teachers

Emily Bennett: Ms. Bennett has been teaching for eight years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NMSU with an emphasis in graphic design. After working as a graphic artist for several years, she became interested in working in education. Upon receiving her teaching certification in Texas, Mrs. Bennett taught fourth grade before moving to New Mexico to teach elementary art. She is constantly motivated and excited by the dynamics of the classroom and the exchange of information within the learning environment. She strives to bring awareness of art to her students through a love of world cultures and history.

Mari Blacker:

New ARTS Program Teacher

Karen Burke: Ms. Burke is now working with the ARTS Program at Alameda, Central, and Mesilla Elementary Schools.

Janey Campbell: Ms. Campbell has lived in many parts of the United States, but always returns to the Southwest. She is working with the ARTS Program at Valley View César Chávez and Mesilla Park Elementary schools. She received her Bachelors in Elementary Education at the University of New Mexico, and has begun working on her Masters at New Mexico State University. Janey enjoys teaching art, working with pottery, and oil painting.

Art bridges all language barriers.

Lisa Carlson: Ms. Carlson is the ARTS teacher for Desert Hills and Conlee Elementary school. Ms. Carlson has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from the University of Texas. The first 20 years of her career was spent as a studio ceramic artist. Her work was sold nationwide and she has given clay workshops for all ages. In 2003 Ms. Carlson received her Masters in Education from New Mexico State and has been designing her arts program ever since.

Art Creates Community!

Mary Falcon-Flores: Ms. Falcon-Flores is the ARTS teacher at Hillrise and Mesilla Elementary schools. She has been teaching for 25 years, nursery school through adult education, enjoying the excitement of a learning partnership with her students. Ms. Flores has a BA in elementary education and art. She holds a masters degree in art therapy.

Maggie Hornung: Ms. Hornung is ARTS teacher for Tombaugh Elementary. She says, “I hold a BA and a Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture from the University of Washington. I have been a part of the ARTS Program since 2002. I have always learned from my students. They teach me what works and what does not work.” “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” — Walt Disney

Teaching art is truly special.

Wayne Carl Huber:


Amy Kennedy: Making the world a better place than you found it is easy with art. I have always expressed myself through my love of art. In high school I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful art teacher who showed me the possibilities of an art career. In 1999 I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the University of New Mexico. I now have the most wonderful job… teaching what I love!

Pamela Norton: Ms. Norton says teaching elementary students visual art is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. I have a BS in art education and a masters in special education, with a minor in counseling.

Create an environment where all students can shine!

Susan Polka:

New ARTS Program Teacher

Wanda Powe: Ms. Powe has been teaching for twelve years in the LCPS. This is her fourth year with the ARTS program. She graduated with a BS in Elementary Education with certification in early childhood, visual arts and science. She loves the enthusiasm of the children whose eyes light up when she pushes her cart into their classroom.

Art brightens our lives and sharpens our minds!

Monica Reynolds: Ms. Reynolds has a BA in elementary education, an MA in special education with minors in art and counseling. She has taught as an elementary teacher for five years, special education for five years and taught art in middle school for five years. She is excited about teaching art at the elementary level.

Ruth Rose: Ms. Rose teaches art at Sunrise Elementary. In addition to teaching the district art curriculum, she collaborates with the music and PE teachers to deliver an arts integration program to all Sunrise students. Mrs. Rose has taught in the ARTS program since 1996 except for a 3 year break when she and her husband lived and worked in Europe. You can see a virtual ‘field trip’ of their travels at ‘Where in the World is Mrs. Rose?’ on the LCPS website.

“Every artist was at first an amateur.” – Ralph W. Emerson

Cynthia Smith: Cynthia graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.F.A. degree in 1979. Her major emphasis was drawing and painting. She has worked professionally as a photo restoration artist, a portrait/landscape artist and picture framer. She has taught workshops for children and adults as well as in private school settings. She earned her professional art teaching license in 2006 through the alternative licensure program at New Mexico State University.

“The Art of Teaching is Reaching the HeArt of a child!”

Bernie White: Ms. White is the ARTS teacher at Mesilla Park and Fairacres Elementary Schools. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Art Education. She has taught in Alaska, California, and New Mexico. She has taught a variety of subjects and has worked with students of all ages for the past 19 years. Mrs. White enjoys seeing children who are excited about creating art and tell her “art is fun!”.

“Creativity takes courgage” — Henri Matisse

Tamara Woodburn:

New ARTS Program Teacher

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