In July 2007, I received my degree in Fine Arts, specializing in painting and drawing. After completing my degree, I hosted an art exhibition of my paintings and received a scholarship to attend university. Afterwards, I worked in an art gallery as a gallery assitant and volunteered in the arts community and with BBC. My volunteer experiences provided me with the opportunity to work with adults with learning difficulties. This experience inspired me to become an art teacher because it reminded me of the power of education-the power to enrich and shape lives.
I have been teaching for four years and was the lead teacher of art at my previous school. I am looking forward to teaching at BISC South Loop where I can join a growing team, learn and experience new cultures. I believe our school is a fantastic place to combine my love for arts education and experience the diverse culture that Chicago has to offer.
I grew up in Northern England in a neighboring village to the birthplace of David Hockney. Having David Hockney’s gallery on my doorstep was a huge inspiration. This sparked my interest in the arts, and I cannot remember a time when I was not drawing since then. In my spare time, I also enjoy enjoy cycling, walking in the Yorkshire Dales, and knitting. Currently, I am learning how to upholster.
What Students Say
"Ms. Hird didn’t let me give up. She made me believe I could achieve and pushed me to do my best."
"Ms. Hird taught me different techniques, which helped me experiment and realize my ideas."
"In Ms. Hird’s lessons we learn about different artists that inspire me to create my own work."