Susan Hines-Elzinga, Gateway Art Teacher Grades 6 - 8
Dear Parents and Students,
First, I would like to introduce myself and tell you how delighted I am to be a part of the Everett Public Schools and the Gateway Middle School community. My name is Susan Hines-Elzinga, but please shorten this to Mrs. Hines just to make things simple for the students.
During our art course, my hope is that every child will be challenged to work and think while learning the language of art. Polishing design skills and developing an understanding of art in the world around us will open new pathways to self-discovery. I believe the arts develop self discipline through persistence and tenacity.
I am a graduate of the University of Florida where I received my BA in Art Education. My Masters in Education work was done here in Seattle through Lesley University. I have enjoyed working with students in the public school setting for over twenty six years. During this time I have taught students at all levels including kindergarten through high school. Most of all, I really enjoy being in a classroom where I hope to learn something new each day, just as my students do!
My goal for Gateway is to make the art program fun, interesting, exciting, and challenging for each and every student. Our focus will be using our imagination as we learn to be creative and productive artists.
This is my tenth year here at Gateway and I have found the students and parents of our learning community to be a real pleasure. I look forward to making art a special place and time for the students. If the need arises you may easily reach me on email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the classroom phone @ 425-385-6771. My planning period is 4th period and I may or may not be available during this time to chat. Email often is the best way to get a quick answer on a question, and I make every effort to get back to you within 24 hours.
Let's plan on a great year here at Gateway, and I look forward to working with you and your student.