Sunday, March 17, 2019
Do you have these in your home? Well, we have a very special family that is close to our heart. They are the McPhersons. I can't explain how we became friends that are as close as family but it happened. Recently, Scott and Marta became grandparents to 2 really cute guys! We decided to document the event with some art. Imagine that! Check out the photos below and you can see for yourself!
Here is Marta and 1969's daughter. Yep, Marta claims Mary Frances as her own and they seem to have a special bond. Did I mention that their daughter, Mailin, was MF's 5th grade teacher? Now, they are more like sisters. You see we have a very inter-connected past that is such a blessing. Danny the son, is like a big brother to MF. She has a village of folks that helped us raise her. Scott, Marta's husband, gave her true love for Marvel movies and waiting on the Easter egg at the end. Bahahahahahaha!!!!!
We have blogged on these tiles before:
How sweet is this bowl? Baby hands made into a heart with big brother holding the hands. Love the way this turned out and the symbolism behind it.
This song sums it up....You are my sunshine!
Always, Standing by us no matter what!
Truth! Family is loyal....ain't no mountain high enough...
We are family and I wouldn't have it any other way!
We love you guys! Welcome to the family Heather and Aidan! Glad we could help celebrate the wedding with you guys. Looking forward to many more art projects in our future.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Each year Maclay has a school wide auction that involves student art. This is a collaborative piece with Katy Caughran and all of the Maclay Lower School students (Cathy Hicks). This piece has a special meaning to many of us as Katy is an alum of Maclay. Her mom, Marty Kiser, is the Lower School Head. And, this is her year to retire. Marty has been a mentor to me and Cathy and a huge supporter of the arts over the years...no wonder her daughter is talented!
We have recently blogged on Katy, check it out at the link below:
About Marty Kiser from our school blog https://www.maclay.org/Page/5889:
Maclay School announces the upcoming retirement of long-time Head of Lower School, Mrs. Marty Kiser. Mrs. Kiser graduated from Appalachian State University in 1975 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She continued her education with graduate work at The College of William and Mary and in 2005 she received an M.A.Ed. from the University of Phoenix.
Kiser shared, “I will be forever grateful for my time at Maclay School. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with a phenomenal faculty and incredibly supportive families. It has been such a privilege to be a member of the Maclay community. Retirement comes just as our first grandchild arrives. With a new grandchild, the opportunity to travel and the time to revive neglected hobbies, retirement promises to be an exciting new chapter.”
Mrs. Kiser started at Maclay in 1995 as a fourth-grade teacher. During her time here at Maclay she taught fourth grade for six years, first grade for four years, was the JV cheerleading coach, sponsored JV tennis, supervised the mentoring program and has been Head of the Lower School for thirteen years.
When Kiser was asked about her proudest accomplishments, she stated, “My proudest accomplishment has been the ability to encourage and foster an environment where the teachers enthusiastically engage in new methods and strategies and embrace change with excitement. It has been a rewarding experience to see the success of such a dedicated faculty.”
Maclay’s Assistant Head of School and Upper School Director Charles Beamer reflected, “Over the course of Mrs. Kiser’s tenure as a classroom teacher and Lower School Director, she has shaped our Lower School in countless ways. Her collaborative leadership style with faculty and her passion for students has created an atmosphere in our Lower School that is inspiring and unstoppable. Thank you, Marty and I wish you well in your retirement!”
Kiser has overseen significant changes to the Lower School facilities and curriculum over the years. Over a thousand of Maclay alumni have passed through her care. “Marty has maintained a harmony and steadiness in the Lower School that has established a culture of love and care that is unmatched in Tallahassee. Parents choose our Lower School because of their confidence in the education and the care that Marty has developed in the faculty of the Lower School. Replacing her spirit will be a challenge but she has set the school up very well for a transition” said Maclay’s Head of School, James Milford.
A search for Kiser’s replacement is already underway which is being led by Head of School James Milford and a committee of Maclay faculty and staff members. “Our goal is to put in place a thorough and inclusive nationwide search process to find and vet the right leader to meet the high expectations of the director’s position,” Milford said.
Each student in lower school helped to paint this piece. Katy created the white canvas and added the texture for our students embellish with color.
Look for Katy's logo / brand on social media. You will be glad you did.
The painting was a huge success at our school's auction Passport To Paradise. It was lovely having her contribute in this way especially with this being her mom's last year with us at Maclay. Yes, Cathy and I are trying to convince her to come back and sub for us, Ha!The above is where Marty will be next year! Sweet Sweet Libby...
Thank you for both being an inspiration in the arts here at Maclay and for being such awesome women to call friends and mentors.
Monday, March 11, 2019
Have you ever heard of Jacy Good? She has a heart wrenching story of distracted driving. You can learn about her from the links below. Kaitlyn our high school ceramics teacher invited Jacy and her husband to come back to the art room and throw on the wheel after her presentation to our upper school students. We then fired their pots and put them in the mail. Yup, the care package is on the way to them.
Getting acquainted on the wheel again.
Sending a few of our eMpathy hearts in the care package.
And both bowls turned out great!
Links to information about Jacy Good:
You can follow Jacy Good and her adventures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
On May 18, 2008, Jacy Good and her parents attended her graduation ceremony at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. On the way home, a young driver talking on his cell phone ran a red light, causing a tractor-trailer to swerve and crash into the Goods' vehicle. Jacy was critically injured, and both of her parents, Jean and Jay Good, were killed instantly. Jacy spent four months in the hospital and still spends much of her time in physical and occupational therapy.Jacy is now an advocate against distracted driving.
For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov. To share your story, upload a video to YouTube and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each day nine people are killed by distracted driving, leaving their stories unfinished. We honored Shreya by bringing her Unfinished Story to life, through imagining what could have been. Watch, share and please don’t drive distracted.