By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations
MANITOWOC, Wis. — As Megan Baradic puts the finishing touches on the next art project, Jefferson Elementary School children begin filing into her room for “Art with Megan.”
Miss Megan, as they call her, teaches an art enrichment class at the Jefferson Community Learning Center, a free before- and after-school program at the Manitowoc school. The afternoon portion of the program is a perfect fit for Megan, a junior majoring in art education at Silver Lake College.
“What I enjoy most is getting to know the children,” she said. “You get to learn about their families and their pets and the subjects in their art. Their personalities come out.”
She’s also learning about the developmental differences between students in the group, made up of first through third graders.
“That has helped me with class management,” Baradic said. “Lesson planning is really fun, too. I get to try new art projects and see what they enjoy and what they do well at.”
During one lesson, the children made animal mosaics using torn pieces of colorful construction paper. Another week, they created three-dimensional hot air balloon pictures using strips of construction paper. This particular week, while some children put the finishing touches on those projects, others started on making folded-paper creatures.
The internship is part of the Work College program, SLC Works, which gives Silver Lake College students the opportunity to gain needed work skills and offers community businesses and organizations career-ready interns and prospective future employees.
Baradic started teaching at the after-school program in her freshman year. Art wasn’t part of the program before she started, she said.
The Silver Lake College student has been a valuable addition to the program, said Amber LaChappelle, its coordinator.
“Megan has always been very reliable and overall wonderful with our students. She is able to successfully manage a classroom,” LaChappelle said. “Megan has a really good rapport with our students. That really speaks a lot of her as a person and an educator. She comes up with lessons and art projects that are new and unique to our students.”
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PHOTO: Silver Lake College student Megan Baradic teaches art at the Jefferson Community Learning Center, a free before- and after-school program. Photo by Suzanne Weiss