Christina Daskalopoulos, 2017 Fellow
4th-6th grade art teacher
Nelson School, East Maine District 63 | Niles
Creating art is an act of exploration and each piece becomes a part of who you are, according to Daskalopoulos. She teaches her students how to think differently and acts as a guide on their creative journey. In her classroom, art does not control, it inspires. She is a mentor to her students and remains in contact with them long after they have graduated. Her students describe her as dedicated and kind, citing her habit of conducting lunchtime art to give them additional time to finish projects because in her words, “Art isn’t something you rush, you must take your time with it.” Artwork is never thrown out in her classroom, it is cherished. Parents and students alike described treasuring art created during class projects as a reminder of the positive impact her guidance made in their lives.
>> Read "The Transformative Power of Teaching" by Christina Daskalopoulos
Christina in the news
Press Release: Niles Teacher Surprised with Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching
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