My name is Amy Harmon and I am thrilled to be joining your school community at Woodside! I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to San Francisco this summer to make it my new home after years of visiting the Bay Area. My journey as an artist began as a kid – always creating something or drawing in my free time. My art teachers at school became my mentors, who inspired me to earn my degree in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. After graduating, I pursued a teaching career in my hometown, attending Ohio Dominican University to become a P-12 Visual Arts Educator. I have taught elementary art for four years, but in a variety of unique positions:
a traveling art teacher, teaching art from a cart at 4 elementary buildings,
a virtual art teacher, designing an online art program for 1,500+ students,
the first art teacher at a brand new school, and creating an art classroom from scratch.
With this new chapter at Woodside School, I am most excited about continuing the legacy of Mrs. Iverson’s art program, supporting the activities of the school community, and getting to know each and every one of you! Philosophy I believe an art curriculum is a perfect way for young students to learn about the world, creatively express their ideas, and develop a sense of self. My philosophy as an art educator is to facilitate a curriculum based on art movements – historical and current – while exploring materials, generating original ideas, and problem-solving.
As Woodside’s art teacher, I plan to celebrate our creations with displays and events in our school community, collaborate with classroom teachers to plan cross-curricular projects, and coordinate projects with the local community to bring our artwork into the world. I encourage positive energy and playfulness in the classroom to keep students engaged and inspired while maintaining a kind and comfortable environment for students to feel at home in the art room.