The feeling of a camera in her hand sets her mind at ease. As she looks at the world through her lens, her mind drifts as she imagines the final photo. She moves herself and the camera around the subject, finding the perfect shot second nature to her now. For her, photography is a way to create a tangible piece of her soul. A bell sounds and chatter brings her back to reality as she looks up at the clock. It’s time for her next class. She puts down the camera and walks to her desk, welcoming the eager young faces as they file in. She smiles as she begins her lesson. She is fortunate to be able to pass her passion onto the next generation.
Katie Lopez, the visual art instructor and art department chair at The Village School, has been teaching for eight years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with concentrations in photography and art history at Sam Houston State University and attended Concordia University for her masters in education with concentrations in curriculum and instruction. She is a supporter of the Houston art scene and entered Village’s first Art Car in the annual Houston Art Car Parade.
“I love the opportunity and flexibility to create the department curriculum. The challenges and risks Village administration allows me to make, for example cutting a car in half for the sake of art, is a rare gift,” Katie said. “The diversity and the support the school community has truly make Village a unique place. I believe that our school has the most kind, accepting, and amazing students.”
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