By Michael Sudhalter
Michele Rose loves watching her students discover their artistic side.
“I love when a kid holds a paint brush and thinks its magic,” said Rose, the Art Teacher at Drabek Elementary in Sugar Land. “I teach the kids to follow directions and think through problems. They’re learning how to be creative – a 21st Century skill they’ll need forever. As long as the students try, that’s good in my book.”
Elementary school is the only time when all students will have Art classes, so Rose tries to introduce as many different forms of Art as possible from painting, clay, ceramics and more.
Some of the Art is on iPads, and the district recently purchased iPads for all of its art teachers.
In addition to teaching classes, Rose started an after-school Art Club for her students.
Rose’s efforts in the classroom have been recognized by Fort Bend ISD and beyond.
She was one of six finalists for FBISD Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 2014 and is currently a candidate for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, a state-wide honor.
Rose has always been interested in Art Education.
A native of small town Ohio, she earned a degree in Art Education from Kent State University.
She taught in Ohio and Louisiana, before moving to Texas and accepting a position with FBISD.