Teacher Spotlight: Limor Dekel

Name: Limor Dekel

School: Watkins Mill High School

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

How did you first learn about Youth Art For Healing? From an e-mail from our curriculum coordinator at MCPS main office

Why did you choose to have your students participate in our program? We are an International Baccalaureate (IB) school and I sponsor the National Art Honor Society. This project fits perfectly with the goals of both these organizations. It also provides an opportunity for my students to learn how to paint canvases for a real place and a purpose. It is also a collaborative effort, a goal stressed in our educational objectives.

What are some of the memorable responses you got when you first told your students about this YAFH project? They were very exited to be able to make their mark and affect the lives of people. They were humbled by the idea. Their eyes widened and they simply said, "cool, I'm in”.

What have your students valued most about this experience? The opportunity to paint and be displayed in public spaces to make people happy.