Hello My Name Is...
My name is Mrs. Rochon. This is my third year teaching at Franklin Avenue Elementary School and I feel so lucky to be part of such a wonderful learning community. After earning my B.A. from Mount Holyoke College I spent a few years working at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Working at the art museum taught me that I wanted to be an art teacher. Recently, I completed a Post Baccalaureate program at Westfield State University in Visual Art Education.
Outside of school I enjoy making art, and crafts of all sorts. Recently, I’ve learned how to sew and have been busy making quilts. When I’m not in my arts and crafts studio I love to be outside! In the winter I ski and snowshoe, but in the warmer weather I love to hike, bike and kayak. Lake George is my favorite place in the whole world- I am lucky and visit the area often.
As an art educator, my main objectives are to teach the importance of art, not only in the aspect of art as a cross-curricular subject, but as a means of advocating for tolerance and open-mindedness through multicultural and historical perspectives. Also, I wish for my students to be life-long artists, in the sense that they will value and appreciate the arts long after childhood.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~Pablo Picasso
“Creativity is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein