Teaching and Using Art in the Middle Grades
Presenter: Pete Curran, Katlyn Crews

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Join AMLE and teacher and expert, Pete Curran from NAEA, as we delve into the best ways to use and incorporate art as we teach young adolescents in the critical middle grades!

Pete Curran
Pete Curran, M.S. is a middle school art educator from the Boston Metrowest region. He began teaching in 2004, working for the next ten years in a small, private K-12 school that served students with a range of emotional and behavioral difficulties. In 2014 he joined the faculty of Wayland Middle School, where he continues to teach visual art for grades 6, 7 and 8. In 2017, Pete joined the board of directors of the National Art Education Assocation (NAEA), representing the association's middle level members in the role of Middle Level Division Director. This two-year position has allowed Pete to connect with art educators across the country and beyond. Pete holds a Bachelor's Degree from Syracuse University in Art Education, and a Master's Degree in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts. In his artistic practice, Pete explores connections between photography, design, and video, in order to unpack the interrelational agreements that people negotiate in everyday experiences.
Katlyn Crews
Katlyn Crews is currently an art educator at Coleman Middle School located in Duluth, GA. Coleman Middle School is the 1st STEAM certified middle school in the state of Georgia, awarded by the Georgia Department of Education. Katlyn acts as a mentor to other educators (both in art and general ed) in setting examples of how to combine the visual art standards, academic curriculum and PBL projects infused with her curriculum and academic setting. Katlyn teaches Intro and Advanced Foundations Art, Media Art, Video Production, Broadcast Journalism and Photography. Technology is a passion of hers and she is striving to integrate industry standards into her classroom to prepare her students by encouraging the next generation of arts-infused careers. Katlyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Arts Education in Athens, Georgia. Katlyn is a member of her school's Leadership Team, Department Chair and the arts chair in developing a vertical alignment of visual arts curriculum in her cluster of schools.
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