It is with Great pleasure to announce
Ms. Lauren Munoz
Rookie Teacher of the Year 2016-2017
Lauren Ashley Muñoz graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. After graduation, she began to pursue her career as an artist exhibiting her artwork throughout South Florida in group exhibitions for the next 2 years. While exhibiting, she worked for a Cuban Arts Foundation named CINTAS Foundation. Although she loved to exhibit her work in art shows, she still felt like something was missing from her life. This is when she decided that she wanted to share her love and knowledge for art with others. Deciding that starting with young minds was how to do this, she turned her career towards education. She started to look into what she needed to do to make this possible and started studying and taking all exams necessary to become a teacher, considering that her degree was in art with no elementary education incorporated into it.
In January of 2015, she was given the opportunity to begin teaching elementary art at David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center. Lauren says she has been blessed with great colleagues that have helped her throughout the process of becoming a new teacher and she couldn’t have asked for better educators as her mentors and she thanks them.
When she began teaching at DLJK, she was teaching art on a cart. Although she was grateful for her new job, teaching off of the cart really limited what she could teach her students. She would go from room to room bringing art to the children. Last school year she was able to use the weight room as the art space for her students. She was able to gain this space to better educate her students about the visual arts.
This year she was able to gain a new space in room 117. This school year she is currently teaching 2nd thru 5th grade Visual Arts at David Lawrence and is also the lead Girls on the Run coach this season. Being a new teacher, Ms. Muñoz is continually learning about education and the arts to give her students the knowledge that they need to learn about and appreciate the arts.
Lauren is currently working on her Masters in Art Education through the University of Florida distance-learning program where she is expected to graduate in spring 2017. She is also taking additional classes to work towards receiving her professional educator’s certificate through Florida Atlantic University.
In Ms. Munoz’s Art Room, students in grades 2nd-4th are currently working on a fundraising project put together by the PTSA through a company called Original Works. 5th grade is working on a similar fundraising project through a company titled Artsonia. Students are using the art of Zentangles and Lettering to create artworks that can be printed onto shirts, mugs, etc. in order for their parents to purchase these items with their artworks on it. For the Artsonia fundraiser, students are using the five iPads that Ms. Munoz received through donors choose over the summer to upload their artworks and create artist statements.
Each art project in her visual arts class is used to inspire students to continue learning and making art and to understand that the knowledge they gain is not something that they are learning “just for a test” but to be able to apply it to their everyday lives for many years to come.