Teacher of the Month – April

Mrs. Tori Foley, La Costa Meadows Elementary
Carlsbad, California

 Tori Foley was born in Guatemala, and adopted at 3 1/2 months. She lived in Colorado for 8-years before moving to California. She has now lived in California for 30-years, all in the San Diego County area. She graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelor of the Arts degree with a double major in Liberal Studies and Visual and Performing Arts. During her studies at CSUSM, she completed her preliminary multiple subject teaching credential through the Integrated Credential Program. Tori has been married for 13-years and has two boys Brandon (11) and Carter (7) along with their dog (Lucky), a bunny (Oreo), and a fish (Goldie). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to the National Parks with her family, scrapbooking, competing in 1/2 marathons or running a 5K with her family. Tori also has a huge passion for photography.
This is Tori’s first year teaching at La Costa Meadows Elementary and piloting the new art program using “Arts Attack” as the main curriculum. When Tori was nominated for Teacher of the Month we were told that Tori has done an outstanding job integrating the art curriculum into La Costa Meadows. She had some hurdles to jump such as being a traveling Art Teacher since the school does not have a designated Art Room. Another challenge was working Art into the schedule for all 980 students, this meant having slightly less time then would be ideal to complete lessons. Her solution was to recruit the help of volunteer parents and had them set up the class room with the necessary supplies, she then could walk right in and get started. The volunteers also helped during the lesson and for clean-up. We are also really impressed with her! Congratulations Tori, keep up the good work. (P.S. we are excited for you since we just found out that you are getting your own Art Room)!

Ideas for an Amazing School Art Show

Are you looking for ideas for hosting an Elementary or Middle School Art Show?

Why an art show?

It is really great to put on an Art show at the end of the year. The kids love showing off their work, it’s fun for the parents, and it’s important for your art program. Don’t pass up the opportunity to show off the culmination of your year of art.

Most schools combine their Art Show with the Open House night or another event where most parents and students will be on campus. There are many ways to create an art gallery atmosphere, have music, serve refreshments, make invitations. If you have pictures of your students creating art, make a slideshow and project it on the wall. Some teachers prefer to select the students favorite piece of art from the year and others prefer to use all the same lesson from each class. Either way it is good to group your artwork by subject and what you were trying to accomplish, lesson names, Elements studied, etc. There are many variables on how to display the students’ artwork. Here are some examples of how to create displays:

Hanging Posterboard Displays
Use 22″ x 28″ Posterboards, mat artwork as desired, mount artwork to posterboards. Hang them together by using a hole punch and large paper. Use plastic chains or rope to hang them from the tile ceiling.


Art Week, or Hallway Display
If you’re lucky enough to be able to leave your display up for a period of time how about Art Week! Cover your hallways with Art!


Cardboard Display

Collect refrigerator boxes from your local hardware store. Slice them open, lay them flat and cover with butcher paper. Staple artwork right onto the boards.


Folding Lunch Tables!
This is a great, easy display idea. Just cover them in butcher paper.




Need more ideas and inspiration?  Check out our Pinterest board that is all about Art Show Ideas.