Above all, I want my students to discover and believe that they can. They can learn to draw and be artists. They can learn to use technology as an creative tool for learning. They can always find a way to "fix it," in life and in their work: instead of giving up and "throwing it away." I want my students to understand that they must finish what they start. I want them to grasp that all of this involves learning and continuing to learn new ways to "make things work." I want them to realize that they can challenge themselves to do their best.
I am responsible to model this kind of learning for my students in the way I teach and how I learn. Like their projects, none of my students is "disposable." I need to value and seek to understand each of my students, so that they can learn to believe in themselves and their abilities.
Too often, as pre-teens and teens, my students focus on what they can't do, I strive to show them a way to succeed.
Meet the Teacher
Meet Your Teacher
My name is Mrs. Sue Krumrei. This is my nineteenth year of teaching art at Franklin Middle School. I love teaching here! The last two years I have been teaching Technology as well.
When I was in the seventh grade, I was fortunate to have an art teacher that "opened my eyes" and made me believe that I could draw and express myself. I try to do the same for my students. Each child has the ability to learn to draw, paint and sculpt. "I can't" is not acceptable in my room. Sometimes we need to practice a bit more than someone else, or have it shown to us in a new way; but everyone can learn and grow in this subject just as they do in Math or English.
I am married to a wonderful man who is the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois. We have three children, who all graduated from District #186: Ben who works for the BNSF Railroad in Chicago, Kate, who just finished her Masters degree at American University in Washington D.C. in Peace Ethics and International Studies and recently moved to California and Jessi who just came home from Burkina Faso in western Africa with the Peace Corps.
I love to travel and have been to all 50 states and some other countries besides. I love the beauty of nature. I have also lived in four different states. Originally, I am from Wisconsin, and so I am a Green Bay fan through and through. In my spare time, I love being with family, and the church. I also do some artwork of my own and reading.
I have a Masters of Science in Integrating Technology in the Classroom. The future is here and we all need to jump in and learn. Even though I was a little fearful, I went for it and succeeded. I do not accept, "I can't," in my life either. We can all learn and grow together. I'm excited by the possibilities!
All Projects not finished in class by the due date need to be finished and turned in within 3 school days so the grade will be entered. After that time, the grade will be a zero until the work is finished and turned in.
UNFINISHED WORK WILL NOT BE GRADED.
Students may take home unfinished work or stay before or after school. There is an activity bus available after school for students who stay to work with a teacher.
Parent informational letters/ beginning of class
These letters contain important information for parents and students alike at the beginning of class. You should see a letter like this come home to be signed. the students receive pts for returning your signature. Thank you for checking this area if you haven't seen the letter come home.