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Bachelor of Fine Arts Art Education Teaching Certification

Ms. La'Shay M. Williams

Greetings Stix Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! My name is Ms. La' Shay M. Williams. I am a free-spirited artist who loves experiencing art with children! I believe that art is the highest form of expression of the soul and develops the holistic child.

I have worked for St. Louis Public Schools for over 6 years, and this is my first year as a certified teacher. In previous positions, I served as the building substitute teacher, literacy fellow, and Special Education ICA. I teach preschool art at Stix ECC on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and elementary art at Humboldt AHL, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We will begin the quarter with online activities and transition to Microsoft Teams, our virtual learning platform.

It is fun and rewarding to witness our students blossom and learn to communicate their discoveries authentically, creatively, and intelligently. I began freelancing in 2012 as a fashion designer, abstract painter, and choreographer. My collections have been exhibited at the Regional Arts Commission, SLU Busch Student Center, and the PHD Gallery, of the antique row, on Cherokee Street. I have been featured in The St. Louis American and St. Louis Magazine.

In May of 2004, I graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago with my Bachelor of Fine Arts and am currently finishing my last semester of the MAT program at Lindenwood University. I will graduate in December 2020 with a Masters in Art Education. I am a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. On March 3, 2020, I was inducted for academic excellence and awarded my official certificate and pin.

I am purpose-driven and passionate about helping children learn more about themselves and explore the world around them through art. My teaching philosophy is, "Use your gifts to help humanity heal." We shine from within and our gifts are at best when we know who we are, love who we are, and use them in genuine and selfless service to others.