Art teacher Jackie Sabourin talks to Girl Scouts about advice she gave to a former student
Local Girl Scouts - Troop 4181 contributed to the Mountain Lake PBS MAKERS video project to help them learn video skills and to make them aware of successful North Country women. We're very proud of their efforts as well as the valuable information they gained from Mountain Lake PBS MAKER Jackie Sabourin.
Jackie Sabourin - A Short Biography
Jackie Sabourin is now an arts' volunteer and studio potter. Jackie was employed teaching high school art classes in the Peru Central School district, full time for over 15 years. Since 1975, (both previous to her full time employment and again since retiring in 1998), she served as a substitute art teacher and has been a member of the NYSATA (New York State Art Teachers Association) for 40+ years. She also values the opportunities that Peru Central School afforded her, chiefly, to be able to look forward to each day of teaching as a joyful experience. In addition to family and friends, the school community enriched her life beyond her wildest imaginative dreams.
Jackie believes that maintaining the arts for everyone, from an early age through adulthood, strengthens everyone's lives and that belief fuels her volunteerism. She feels that the need to introduce people to the arts - both as art appreciators and art makers - does not end after retirement. She focuses on clay as her main medium knowing the importance manipulative creation by humanity (of any age!) is. This focus helps to awaken fundamental images to make them into a lifetime product for all. Jackie continues to study the art and craft of clay, and attends conventions and workshops. Her love of learning from a good teacher is fundamental to her.
She has been active in the local arts community volunteering in schools and community centers, at the North Country Potter's Guild, and at local libraries. She also volunteered with the senior center's art galleries by curating and managing exhibits, as well as mentoring former students in their artistic quests, and facilitating for after-school arts programs. Jackie continues to network with present art teachers, especially those from Peru Central School. She assists them by linking their students with community opportunities, as she once did for Peru's National Art Honor Society.
Jackie characterizes her teaching career as a time that gave her much happiness. She truly values being with students of any age, helping them to find their creative qualities each day, and knowing that what they learned from her will be with them forever, hopefully resurfacing in future art over the years. Continued visits from former students who are still creating their own artwork, affirms that belief to her.
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