Ms. Staci has always considered herself an artist and a free spirit. Growing up in rural Texas, she was continually surrounded by nature, horses, and lots of inspiration and support from her parents. As she grew, she knew she wanted to follow her passion, first pursuing fashion design, then interior design, and finally settling on graphic design.
After graduating from Texas State University, Staci and her husband, Patrick, moved to Dallas, where she started working at a design firm. They soon relocated to Denver, where Staci put her artistic skills to work at an advertising agency and then another graphic design firm, all while growing their family with two daughters: Riley, now 18 and Liberty, almost 16.
When their youngest son Blake (12) was born, Staci decided to ‘do the mom thing’ for a while, but continued creating various visual and textile arts in her spare time. She often went to art and craft shows to sell her work, and even decided to open a coffee shop with a friend as a showcase for her art! Even though it didn’t work out exactly as Staci had hoped, she already had found a new outlet for her artistic passion: teaching.
Staci still recalls her first time walking through the doors at Renaissance for their tour and being blown away. “They make real art here!” she remembers excitedly. She knew immediately this was the school for their family. “It was clear that they teach to the whole child, not just the academics.”
Once Blake was enrolled as a 2nd grader, Staci made herself available to Ms. Pam as her Crew Parent whenever she needed anything. “I made myself her full-time volunteer, and she was a great mentor.” And as Staci was finishing up her teaching certification and student teaching at Renaissance, Ms. Pam decided she was ready to retire, making a seamless transition for Staci into her new role as the Visual Arts teacher!
Despite all the challenges that this year has shown, Staci is excited to keep moving forward with all the projects in her curriculum plan, and new ideas that students have brought to her. She says one of the hardest things was during remote learning, coming up with interesting projects that required minimal supplies. But now that the kids are back, the halls are looking alive again with so many great pieces! Staci is also looking forward to getting settled in her teaching groove as we move forward into next year and beyond.
Ms. Staci, we are so thankful to have your passion and experience to lead our young learners in Visual Arts!
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