Danielle Cunningham, M.A.
District Visual Arts Curriculum Lead, Jr. High. │ HS Visual Arts Teacher.
My name is Danielle Cunningham, and I have taught art for 11 years, I am excited to start my 12th. I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Visual Art Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'Em Horns!! I also received a Master of Arts Degree in Art Education from The University of Florida.
I am originally from Iowa, but moved to Texas for college. My husband, Brian is a mechanical engineer, and we have two sons. Parker, and Max. We have a lot of fun figuring out life together and surviving the craziness of being parents.
I love to read and play video games; my husband and I are vicious Mario Kart rivals. I am also a HUGE Magic: The Gathering fan.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is remaining an artist once you grow up."
A passion for Art Education
In my roles as both a visual arts teacher and a curriculum lead, I have found that I have a passion for creating useful meaningful curriculum to support teachers and engage students. I have worked closely with colleagues in order to design lessons that scaffold appropriately, meet state standards and the needs of visual art teachers. I've created new curriculum and professional development standards for the teachers I serve in order to increase enrollment and stay current in art education. Supporting the voice of the teacher in addition to district goals is critical for the success of both.
No one can achieve success without colleague and interdisciplinary collaboration, which I consistently strive for. Sharing knowledge and expertise and influencing and collaborating with teams outside of my content area, are all necessary to support current and innovative curriculum directions. It is invigorating to sit down with a group of people that are just as passionate about meeting the needs of students and teachers.
I believe in a closed loop feedback leadership style. I am a servant leader, and I am in my role in order to help and advocate for the teachers I serve. I learn and grow by helping them learn and grow. It is essential to the flow of good communication and high-quality work to have teachers trust that they're being heard and that they have a part in the conversation. Curriculum design is a collaborative effort, and great ideas happen organically in a trustworthy setting.