Throughout her life her parents have always had a great influence on her. One of her parents was from South America and the other was from Europe. Both came from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds than the one she was growing up in. It gave her a sense of gratitude for what she had and for her education.
However, Ames didn’t always want to be a teacher. She started out wanting to “take down the titans of industry in the advertising world”. In college, she took advertising and business classes to do just that.
One day, she attended a ceramics class with a friend “just for kicks”. She enjoyed it so much that she did away with all her other classes and dove headfirst into the arts. She noticed that she excelled better in sculpting rather than drawing.
Ames then became a studio artist for 15 years. In order to help pay for supplies, she began teaching classes.
She started teaching summer camps for younger kids and then started working at a private art center for junior high kids. In her own studio, she would often teach regardless if it was a Girl Scout troop or an individual lesson. She enjoys being able to “share her craft” with others.
Ames loves being able to meet new students every year. She loves getting to know them, watching them change, and to grow over time. However, she doesn’t enjoy the paperwork that comes with being a teacher as much.
Things you may not know about Mrs. Ames:
1) She has been married for 13 years now.
2) She has a seven year old, which she says is her “owl little sculptor”.
3) She is older then she looks. *hint*
4) Her favorite memory is the feeling of success when she graduated.