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Q&A with SA's New Middle and Senior School Art Teacher Kate Mason

9 Questions with Kate MasonKate Mason joins Sewickley Academy from St. Edmund’s Academy, where she has served for the last eight years as a Lower and Middle School art teacher. Prior to that, Kate taught Middle and Senior School art in the Connellsville Area School District. She began her teaching career in the Avonworth School District. In addition to her school-based teaching experiences, Kate has also taught at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, and the Braddock Creative Arts program, where she taught ceramics.

A graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, with a B.A. in Art Education, Kate went on to earn her Ed.M. in Art Education from Carlow University. She also holds the Pennsylvania Level II Teaching Certification in Art Education K-12. In her work with students in the art studios, Kate seeks to help students make connections with their learning from their academic courses. For her, learning in all subjects is connected. We are very glad to welcome Kate to the art studios of Sewickley Academy.

SA: Why did you choose to work at Sewickley Academy?

KM: I really wanted to teach high school kids, and I was excited about taking on new challenges.

SA: What motivated you to become a teacher?

KM: At first I only took education classes because my parents recommended it. But once I was in the classroom, I realized that it was fun, and I was actually pretty good at it!

SA: What do you enjoy most about teaching?

KM: I really love helping kids develop skills and relationships that will make them good adults.

SA: What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class(es)?

KM: Just because something is hard doesn't mean you can't do it, and every time you make a mistake, you're just learning something new.

SA: How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?

KM: I'm pretty involved with the arts community in Pittsburgh, and I love going to galleries and museums to learn about new artists and revisit my favorite ones.

SA: What was your favorite book as a child?

KM: I love "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats. The collage illustrations are lovely.

SA: What is your favorite book as an adult?

KM: A book I've returned to many times is "The Shipping News" by Annie Proulx.

SA: What are some of your interests/hobbies?

KM: I love gardening, glass blowing, skiing, and of course, napping.

SA: What are you looking forward to this school year?

KM: I'm really looking forward to meeting my new students and getting to know them, and getting excited about art with them!

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