Jamia Weir

Jamia Weir

Fairfax/Selma Elective Teacher - Art

jamia.weir@larchmontcharter.org

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I was born in New Haven, Connecticut. I have always been interested in the arts ever since I was a little girl. In fact my mother says that when I was so young she feared I might eat the paint, she had me finger painting with pudding. I could never choose one art form, because I loved them all and still do. I've been involved with drawing, painting, sculpture, fashion and fiber art, acting and music as well. When I was in high school, one summer I had an amazing art teacher named Tara Meisenheimer at the International Prep school in my hometown, Choate Rosemary Hall. Ms. Meisenheimer is also a talented visual artist and I think that may have been one of the reasons I was so inspired by her. She is a practicing and showing artist, something that I strive to be as well as art teacher. For that reason, I call myself, an Artist-Teacher.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
University of Vermont, Studio Art major

What is your highest degree held?
Masters Degree in Art Education

Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
I love kids and I love art. This combination fulfills me as a person. It gives me great joy to share what I love with children and to get them excited about what I'm excited about. Art can add quality to life, be a way to express what's inside you and give it visual, tactile, or aural form, as well as aid in the learning of other subject areas. If I can help a child find happiness, success and empowerment in the classroom through the art realm, I am grateful for the opportunity to be alongside them on their journey.

How long have you been teaching/working in education?
10 years

What is your favorite thing about LCS?
My favorite thing about Larchmont is the Ecoliteracy philosophy at the core of our academic program. I feel as though we have a blessed opportunity with the Edible Schoolyard Program as well.

What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
So many, but I'll say, Charlotte's Web