Here is the photo collage for my Digital Media Class.
Here is the one of my name.
“The true work of art is but a shadow of divine perfection.” – Michaelangelo
My favorite visual artist would have to be Georgia O’Keefe. I find her use of color fascinating, and the two pictures shown here are probably some of my favorite pictures. If you want to see more information about her, you can visit the Georgia O’Keefe Museum website. So, enjoy!
1. In this painting by Georgia O’Keefe, O’Keefe uses quite a bit of green and blue colors that seem to portray a mysterious tone. This painting was painted in a series of paintings O’Keefe painted called “Jack in the Pulpit.”
2. This piece (below) is called “Ram’s Head.” O’Keefe painted it using a Southwestern motif.
“God put me here. The longer I am here, the more I feel called to be here…it’s not really a job because I love it.” – Mr. Jerry Williams
When asked who I would most like to interview, I think that there is really only one answer. Mr. Jerry Williams, the U.S. History teacher and baseball coach here at Franklin Road Academy. A teacher unlike any other, Mr. Williams has long been seen as an enigma by students. However, through a very unorthodx teaching method, Mr. Williams turns ordinary students into extraordinary writers, while giving them confidence and tools that they can use for success in college and beyond. This past Wednesday, I had the chance to interview Mr. Williams.
It is 7:15 on a cool August morning. It is my appointed time to interview Franklin Road Academy’s most fascinating teacher, and many time winner of the FRA faculty superlative “Craziest In Class.” As I arrive at his classroom, I am thrown the first curveball. He is nowhere to be found. I find him in the hallway, and he beckons me outside. I hastily grab my notepad and pen and hope that I have my questions memorized.
Mr. Williams, as intimidating as he sometimes is, turns out to be one of the most pleasant interviewees one could imagine. Slowly, he reveals to me his motivation for being a teacher. Mr. Williams was originally academically ineligable to play baseball, so, after a year at junior college, he returned to Vanderbilt University, where he was an All-SEC catcher on the 1980 SEC Championship team. He said that originally, he did not think that he would be a teacher. But as he came here, he sought to teach others what he had not known, to prevent the mistake that he had made. He wanted his students to go into college, “with a head full of knowledge.” He wanted students to go to college and beyond feeling confident in their writing. As the sweet morning air hangs in the sky, Mr. Williams greets the students as they arrive. We get back to the interview, and I ask the question that I personally am most curious about: What is the hardest part of your job? Mr. Williams looks to the sunrise and thinks for a couple moment before finally saying one word, “listening.” Mr. Williams tells me that he often gets so excited about teaching and gets so thrilled with the subject matter that he sometimes forgets to really listen to and understand his students. It’s something he says he works on, but something that he still struggles with. A surprising answer, that shows his real passion for the students. He sees his greatest challenge is understanding and listening to students, a real sign of caring for his pupils. Next, I ask him on whether he thinks he is being called to be a teacher, and what the meaning of that calling is. Mr. Williams says that he does indeed see teaching as his calling, though it was not always so. As he continues his service at FRA (and it really is a service) for over 25 years now, he says that the calling grows stronger each year and that, “now, it’s not even a job because I love it.” He ends by reminding me that what you put into it is what you get out of it. For Mr. Williams, God placed him in this school to make a difference, to help people become better writers, make class more enjoyable, and, “trying to look for good, and make the good better.”