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Getting Creative With Mrs. Kerr

Mrs. Christine Kerr is an art teacher at Christian Brothers High School who believes everyone has potential and that passion drives people, so her main goal in teaching is to bring that out in all of her students. Mrs. Kerr encourages her students whenever she gets the chance and embraces their success. To her, it […]

Mrs. Christine Kerr is an art teacher at Christian Brothers High School who believes everyone has potential and that passion drives people, so her main goal in teaching is to bring that out in all of her students. Mrs. Kerr encourages her students whenever she gets the chance and embraces their success. To her, it is very important to make a safe environment for them to create.

“To me it’s not about perfection, it’s about growth,” she says.

Rather than focusing on perfection, Mrs. Kerr’s hope for all of her students is that they grow as artists and figure out their unique styles. For her Advanced Painting and Honors Painting & Drawing classes, she sets up one-on-one meetings with each of her students the week after a project is due so she can check on them and go over their artwork. Mrs. Kerr misses being able to walk around the room and see her students painting in person, as most of her students are online.

“I really miss the energy of the students and how they inspire one another and just those spontaneous moments of teaching and being able to give advice to students,” she says. “They don’t tend reach out as much on Teams as they would in the classroom.” A partial solution she’s come up with is scheduling one-on-one meetings in class every few weeks with each student. It gives her a chance to connect with her online students and talk about their recent and upcoming artwork. Despite the challenges of the pandemic and online learning, her students still continue to shine and make her proud.

Shannon Jackson (‘21) has had Mrs. Kerr as a teacher for several years at CB and appreciates Mrs. Kerr’s kindness and how well she understands her students. Shannon says that Mrs. Kerr always has a very positive attitude that motivates her students..

“She creates a comfortable space for me to do my art,” the senior says. “Because of her positive attitude, I feel more comfortable and confident in my skills.”

Christina Fernandez (‘21) also thinks Mrs. Kerr creates a great learning environment because she helps everyone when needed and gives her knowledge to help with art techniques.

“Mrs. Kerr always has such a positive energy and always give tips and encouragement,” Christina says. “What I like about her teaching style is how she gives us free will to create things we enjoy.”

I have also had Mrs. Kerr as an art teacher and have always admired her positive attitude and enthusiasm. I was in her Art Survey class junior year, and now I’m in her Advanced Painting class this year. I was happy when I found out she would be my teacher another year because her encouragement and enthusiasm helps me feel more confident in my skills as an artist. It is evident that she cares a lot about her students and their growth. A moment with her that stood out to me was when I was painting a landscape of Yosemite, and she recognized what I was painting and she told me Yosemite was one of her favorite places. We stared sharing memories of our own experiences from the national park, and it was nice that I could connect with her outside of art.

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