The creative minds behind our art teachers

September 29, 2022

Teachers help build the vibe of a school — not just individual teachers themselves, but academic departments as a whole. For instance, everyone knows social studies classes are the most chill departments, whereas English classes are a little more interactive and outgoing. Our previous art teachers established a culture of their own that their students really responded to.  To have the whole department replaced is a lot to handle all at once. To be honest, the students were a little nervous, not knowing if they would like their school’s new art teachers. As we get to know them, however, we see that they were not as bad as we thought they would be. They brought a life of their own for students going through a heavy transition. Let us take a closer look at what makes them so unique and special. This year at Madison County High School, we have not one, but two, new art teachers: Alondra Arevalo and Emily Rampley. If and when you have the opportunity to meet them, they are nothing short of awesome! 

Arevalo has been interested in teaching art since she was little. She is excited to teach art because she enjoys seeing growth in students. She graduated from the University of Georgia and started teaching in May. The biggest influence in her life is her Professor, Joseph Norman. Madison County High School is the very first school she has ever taught at. She used to live in Athens before a friend of hers recommended her to teach in Madison County. Her favorite form of art is mixed media on brick walls. Arevalo says students have welcomed her with gifts, notes, and classroom decorations. She appreciates the diversity in students, not only in their backgrounds but in addition to their abilities. Her favorite thing in the world is her cat, Loki, and her favorite color is orange because it makes her feel energized. Something about her that may shock you is that she speaks Spanish, French, and English. Arevalo also says that he has fallen down the stairs before, which is a little embarrassing to her. 

Rampley went to and graduated from Georgia College and State University. This will be her ninth year teaching art! Before teaching at MCHS, she taught at Burrow Arts and Sound Paulding. She had a lot of great art teachers in college and decided to teach art to pass her knowledge on to younger students. Rampley says that she “likes how respectful and eager to learn about art students are here.” Teachers have been very welcoming and helpful with any questions. The students have been receptive to having new art teachers which helps her feel much better about being new at our school. Her favorite form of art is mixed media in sketchbooks. She chose MCHS because she wanted to live in the area and the school seemed like a great place to be. Her favorite thing in the world is her dog and her favorite color is eclectic lime because it is energizing and can create funky combos when paired with other colors. Her biggest influence is her dad, Michael. Something you may be surprised to know about Rampley is that she used to play rugby.   

We are so very thankful to have found two new art lovers in time for the start of the new school year. Time flies by these days but it is still the beginning of the school year. There is so much art in store for us this year and we are looking forward to making the best of it. Let us get creative!

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