Who I am:
Hi! My name is Mrs. Tina Miller and I teach art to all the Leeds students grades Kindergarten through Fifth grade. I grew up in both city and country of Nashville, Tennessee but have lived all around the US and the world, even on the Atlantic Ocean! However, Leeds is my first small town! In 2011, I moved here to marry my husband, David Miller and to start an organic farm. We currently have about 40 laying hens and a few gorgeous roosters. In the 90s, I taught art at the middle school level in the East Bay of San Francisco. My artwork has been in dozens of shows globally. I love to travel and have a special place in my heart for northern and central Italy. There are many places I have yet to go and hope to get there in my lifetime, including Greece, Ireland, Norway, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. I received my art degree at SCAD in Fiber Arts with an emphasis on ancient cultural traditions. I have a wide variety of art experience but my greatest love is sculpture. I recently discovered casting metal and my goal is to have a place on our farm to do this. Here are a couple of links showing my sculpture:
Why I teach:
I love teaching. Why? Well, when students who only receive instruction from you for an hour, or less, per week come to you regularly with letters and drawings expressing respect and appreciation of the lessons you are teaching them, you know you are doing something right. Implementing the treasury of experiences and knowledge I have gained over my lifetime is one of the most rewarding elements of teaching. Yet, the most rewarding element is watching my students use those skills and knowledge in their everyday lives, sometimes unknowingly, and succeed.
I do not teach art to produce a world full of artists. One reason I chose to teach art is because it is one area that can bridge all paths of learning. It is an added bonus when a student shows promise in becoming a skilled artist, architect, engineer, or other creative professional. Whether art educators realize it or not, we have the unique opportunity to affect the growth of all content areas and connect student learning with the real world. It takes skills beyond mastering the specific media used in the work to be a professional artist. Speaking as an educator who is also a professional in her field, a professional artist has to also acquire the skills to promote one’s work, manage working finances independently, and possess the focus it takes to produce unique works of art while basically running a business. This translates to students learning many lessons about life while they learn about art. I am committed to educating, not only my students, but other educators, administrators, legislators, and the general public of the importance of art education.
Master of Education, Art P-12, University of Montevallo, AL, 2016
Apprenticeship in Sculpture, La Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Italy, 1994-1995
Bachelor of Fine Art, Savannah College of Art & Design, GA, 1990, Class Salutatorian
NAEA (National Art Education Association), Member since 2015
TEC (Teacher Education Committee), University of Montevallo, Representative since 2015
NCTA (National Consortium for Teaching about Asia), Representative since 2015
Phi Kappa Phi, Lifetime Member