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bonnie king

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"I am always doing what I cannot do yet in order to learn how to do it."

Hi there! My name is Bonnie. I am passionate about art and guiding others, so I made it my career. I'm beginning my ninth year in education, after taking a year out to run youth programming with Girl Scouts specifically in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) fields. I can now say that I've taught in private, public, charter, brick-and-mortar, virtual, traditional, and non-traditional education.

Art has been my passion from a very young age, and I hope to evoke some of that same excitement and curiosity in my students. In my personal art upbringing, I valued representational accuracy, which was nurtured into me by art education standards of the time. Upon my undergraduate studies, I developed a greater interest in contemporary and installation art. Because of this, I often encourage my students to explore and experiment with their materials and processes. I find this to be the most exciting part of the learning process - watching students' enthusiasm with a new discovery, or pride in their accomplishments.

Vincent van Gogh
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Art Teacher PEAK Innovation Center, Fort Smith Public Schools


NBCT Candidate, anticipated 2024
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Program Management Experience

  • PEAK Innovation Center

    • Research and design of new art program from a career technical lens​

    • Recruitment strategies to target student candidates

    • Collaborate on needs and design of classroom construction

    • Print and digital marketing

  • Girl Scouts - Diamonds - STEAM Center Manager, 2021-2022

    • Supervise staff and interns

    • Manage in-person events and ongoing programming

    • Oversee department budget

    • Develop and nurture community partnerships 

Educational Experience

  • PEAK Innovation Center - Grades 10-12, Art, 2022-present

    • Advertising & Graphic Design

    • Art History

    • Studio Art

  • The New School - Grades 4-6, Art & STEAM, 2020-2021

  • Arkansas Connections Academy - Grades K-8, Photography, Graphic Design, Art History, 2016-2020

    • 7th-grade homeroom (2017-18)

    • National Jr. Honor Society Sponsor, 2019-present

  • Mabelvale Middle School - Grades 6-8, 2016-17

  • Episcopal Collegiate School - Grades 6-12, 2013-16

    • Art Club, 6th-grade girls advisory, Varsity Cheer (2015-16)​


  • Master of Art Education - Eastern Illinois University, 2021

  • Bachelor of Art in Art Education - University of Central Arkansas, 2013

    • ​Studio emphasis: painting

Professional Associations

  • National Art Education Association - 2013-present

  • Arkansas Activities Association - 2015-16

  • USAG - 2018-2020

Community Engagement

  • Arkansas Arts Center - Volunteer, 2017

  • Girl Scouts - 2021-present

Selected Works

  • Butterfly Mural - Little Rock, AR - 2015

  • BA/BFA Juried Exhibition - Conway, AR - 2013

  • Annual Student Competitive - Conway, AR - 2012

    • Third place

Leadership, Grants, and Recognitions 

  • Doris Curtis Art Scholarship - UCA, 2012-13

Hobbies, Interests, Talents

  • Gymnastics

  • Tumbling

  • Trampoline

  • Nature walks

Research Interests 

  • Art in nontraditional settings

  • To grade or not to grade/Art assessment

  • Installation art

  • Museum studies

  • STEAM education

  • Career technical education

  • Social media marketing

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