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Teacher's enthusiasm for creating art is infectious

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- As Theresa Dean moves around her classroom, she talks with children of different ages about their art projects.

It's the middle of the school day, and the students in the class are all of different age levels. That's because this isn't a traditional art class.

At Spring Mont, Atlanta's first Montessori School, they also offer art studio time.

"If they have a project that they need to finish and it has an art element, they take a pass, they come here to art studio," said Jerri King, Head of School. "She's highly engaged in bringing to light what these children create."

It's an atmosphere that brings out Theresa's inner-child.

Dean inspires students to become more artistic because her enthusiasm for creating art is infectious.

"She is the best art teacher I've ever had, and I just met her," said student Jack Freidline.

"It's almost like I have an interest in every single thing they come in to ask me to do," said Dean. "And, I fell in love with it. What's not to love about these kids? They keep you young."

Dean is currently consulting middle schools students on their academic fair projects, and they include a tri-board that two students turned into a Starbucks drive-through.

Two other students are creating the entrance to Buckingham Palace.

Dean, an 11Alive Class Act Teacher, enjoys when students try something different.

Teaching art is a profession she stumbled upon when while working as a graphic designer; she filled in for a teacher. When a job opened up permanently, she jumped at the chance to work with children.

"I thought, wow, I get to do this every day?" said Dean.SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- As Theresa Dean moves around her classroom, she talks with children of different ages about their art projects.

It's the middle of the school day, and the students in the class are all of different age levels. That's because this isn't a traditional art class.

At Spring Mont, Atlanta's first Montessori School, they also offer art studio time.

"If they have a project that they need to finish and it has an art element, they take a pass, they come here to art studio," said Jerri King, Head of School. "She's highly engaged in bringing to light what these children create."

It's an atmosphere that brings out Theresa's inner-child.

Dean inspires students to become more artistic because her enthusiasm for creating art is infectious.

"She is the best art teacher I've ever had, and I just met her," said student Jack Freidline.

"It's almost like I have an interest in every single thing they come in to ask me to do," said Dean. "And, I fell in love with it. What's not to love about these kids? They keep you young."

Dean is currently consulting middle schools students on their academic fair projects, and they include a tri-board that two students turned into a Starbucks drive-through.

Two other students are creating the entrance to Buckingham Palace.

Dean, an 11Alive Class Act Teacher, enjoys when students try something different.

Teaching art is a profession she stumbled upon when while working as a graphic designer; she filled in for a teacher. When a job opened up permanently, she jumped at the chance to work with children.

"I thought, wow, I get to do this every day?" said Dean.

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