Inspiring Students to See the Bigger Picture

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Trickum Middle School art teacher Aim?e Burgamy has spent the past twelve years advancing her education in art and art history. She”s taught in some of the most beautiful places in the world — Paris and Florence — and recently completed a doctorate. As this year”s Gwinnett County Public School”s Teacher of the Year, Burgamy credits her success to following her passion, a mantra she shares with her students in the hopes that they too will follow their dreams.

Burgamy”s academic credentials are an SEC round-up of sorts. She earned her bachelor”s degree in art and art history from the University of Mississippi, her master”s degree from the University of Alabama, and most recently, a doctorate in art education at the University of Georgia. While in her graduate program, Burgamy taught at UGA, Oglethorpe University and overseas in Florence and Paris.

"It was awesome. I hang pictures from my experience in Florence around my classroom to inspire my students and show them where your passion can take you," says Burgamy.

In addition to sharing her passion with her students, Burgamy engages them with novel, hands-on and most importantly, educational activities. A few class favorites include creating pin-hole cameras, a project that uses simple materials like a box, coke can,
photographic paper and tape to build a working camera, or making Celtic masks by cutting right angles and perpendicular shapes.

"The things I do with my students are exciting and educational," says Burgamy.

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