My name is Catie Ramsey. I am an art teacher with a passion for using the arts to inspire and motivate students and build a positive school climate. I believe all of my students have the potential to achieve high standards of learning if given the structure and environment necessary for learning. I am an experienced art teacher and aspiring educational leader.
For the past twelve years, I have taught art at K.T. Murphy Elementary School and served in many leadership capacities including providing professional development in art, math, literacy and social and emotional learning for my school and the district. I hold a 6th Year in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Bridgeport, A Master of Arts in Holistic Thinking and Learning from the Graduate Institute, a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University and I studied Fine Art at Montserrat College of Art.
I believe education should empower learners of all ages to pursue knowledge, develop empathy, appreciate diversity and inspire a life of learning. I hope to encourage my students to pursue their life’s passion and engage them in discovery, expression, communication and meaningful learning through art. My goal as an art teacher is to foster a positive school climate through the arts and be a leader for that initiative. One of the ways I aim to do this is by integrating the arts into the school community and addressing social and emotional learning needs with family learning nights, student art showcases, collaborative murals and after-school enrichment programs.
I have experience writing grants for classroom projects, state funded schoolwide enrichment programs, and technology. I have worked in collaboration with administrators and colleagues to lead instructional initiatives in art, math, literacy, social studies, science and most recently social and emotional learning. I served on the PTO Board, School Governance Council, Data Team, Responsive Classroom Committee and Focus Walks over the past twelve years. I am the coordinator of the Masterminds after-school enrichment program at K.T. Murphy that provides programs in the arts, science, literacy, math and technology for over 200 students each year.
Aside from teaching, I love strength training, boxing, painting, reading and writing. I actually won the New England Golden Gloves twice and I am now a boxing coach at the gym where I train! I even love to cook when someone else cleans up for me! I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself and become a better guide to help my students navigate the failures and successes of learning and life. Some of the skills I bring to the classroom in addition to my extensive art background are, conversational Spanish, advanced training in teaching ELL students, Responsive Classroom Level I training and familiarity with instructional technology. I believe it is my responsibility as an artist and teacher to model what it means to be a lifelong learner with a positive mindset able to overcome challenges and continually grow through the process.
I have been teaching art at K.T. Murphy School since 2006. As a child I loved drawing, painting and all types of creating. My family encouraged me to continue making art throughout my childhood, especially my mother who is an art teacher too! I was incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to attend college after high school. Art opened up many doors for me. I hope to encourage my students to pursue their dreams no matter what challenges they may face. Some of the people who inspired me were teachers, and many of them are still art teachers in Stamford!
My beliefs that creativity, learning, and leadership go hand-in-hand inspired me to continue learning and researching this idea. In 2010 I went back to school and earned two masters degrees in Holistic Thinking and Learning, and Educational Administration and Supervision. Hard work and dedication helped me to stay focused and achieve these goals, but it wasn’t easy. Being able to inspire students and be part of their learning process is why I love teaching. I want my students to believe they can do anything their hearts desire as long as they work hard, focus on their goals and are not afraid to try. Teaching is a gift that I feel fortunate to have in my life.
Here are some digital stories about my philosophy of creativity, leadership, and learning.