About Me

A small collection

Greetings and salutations,

I am known by many names, wife, daughter, mother, teacher, and friend.  My first name means follower of Christ. My middle name is after my mother and my grandmother. Our middle name legacy lives on in our first of two daughters.  My maiden name means “to sprout” and the married name is a fruit.  The fruitiness name has accompanied me for almost 8 wonderful crazy years. During those eight years, I have taught at five different schools.  I was known by my first name at the alternative high school and as a Mrs. at the charter schools, public, and private elementary schools.  I am also known by my profession.

A big red arrow points to the place where I am found.  The reason for the big red arrow is that I am here to keep teaching what I love.  While looking to the side of the arrow you would find a small dream list: Masters in Art, PhD in Art Education.  Something I could check off of my dream list is to obtain my degree as a reading specialist.

Knowledge is lying at the bottom of the ocean in a locked treasure chest waiting to be opened and revisited.   Reading with adolescents and teaching reading is important and the treasure hunters are ready to set sail.

Students in my class adorn their chains and tangled ropes when faced with a reading challenge.  They defend themselves with rolled eyes, tongue clicks, heavy sighs, and I can’t words.  I take out my dental gear and start pulling until they have perfect teeth.

Interests abound in my habitual habits.  When wading through my hobbies you might find, scrapbooking, drawing, painting, gardening, photographing my family, gardening, camping, and traveling.

For those of you would would like to know more about me through images, please watch the short video of me in a nutshell.

 

Artfully,

Christy A. Berry

P.S.  I’ve added a poem about myself.  I also turned it into a Wordle.

Broken Mirror

By Christy Berry

Many pieces lay on the ground looking back at me.

I was not sure who I was until I started to glue the pieces together.

I cried when I cut myself on anger and sadness.

I laughed at the funny face behind the humor.

Laughter seemed to resonate throughout the pieces.

The child started giggling when the glue tickled.

Thoughts and ideas seemed to attach to creativity.

Leadership instantly stuck to others while stubbornness wouldn’t stick.

I found myself staring at half of who I was.

More pieces still lay on the ground, almost too many to count.

Soon others seemed to fit, family, friends, enemies, lost friends.

Relationships were stamped on each of them.

Enemies were the dirty pieces and family reflected back the most.

As I finished putting the pieces together;

I found that I was still shattered and missing my heart.

I looked high, low, and for some extra glue.

Finally I found it; it was there all the time.

When I glued Jesus into my heart I knew I was complete.

Lines disappeared and now many reflections now sung one song.

I was whole.

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. murcha
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 11:34:26

    This is a great about me page. I love the way you almost casually have given us so much information almost in riddle form. It makes great reading and makes the me and I am sure other readers, really interested in connecting with you, sharing your work and learning with and from you.

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  2. Malyn
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 10:35:44

    You write with eloquence I can only dream of (I don’t even aspire to it).

    cheers,
    Malyn – About Me

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    • berryart
      Jan 19, 2011 @ 12:28:39

      Malyn,

      Thanks. I have been writing in a personal (hard book) journal almost every day since sixth grade. So doing the math, that’s almost 21 years. That’s a lot of books. I am still plagued by grammar errors and spelling. In my personal journals I am not worried that anybody would read the journals; so I feel that I can write whatever I am feeling, make a zillion mistakes, and not worry about criticism. I say that because I once had a college professor tell me that I was a terrible writer and that I should retake the basic writing class. Ouch! So, your comment made my day. I think as educators we need to be mindful of our words towards students and help them grow and still build them up.

      -Mrs. Berry

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  3. Tammy
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 04:47:26

    Dear Mrs. Berry,

    I am so glad that I read your other comments here before replying.

    I read through your About Me looking for answers. Scrolling my eyes over your post trying to find where you had written your full name. And then I found myself searching for your big red arrow. I must say I felt a little frustrated. Now I’m laughing at myself for wanting everything to be laid out so plainly for me. I reread your post and found your words and your art collage, so beautiful and mysterious.

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to look again with new eyes.
    Tammy

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    • berryart
      Jan 23, 2011 @ 06:58:17

      Tammy,

      Most of the paintings that are in the collage are from 2010. The elephant is one of my favorites. I originally painted my tribute to Elmer as an example for my 1st grade students to see. However, my two month old fell in love with the painting and would stare at it. So the painting now hangs in her room. I’m glad you had the opportunity to look fresh with new eyes.

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  4. Ruary Laidlaw
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 10:35:06

    Hi!
    I liked your blog because it burst open when I got there! I liked the giraffe avatar. I also liked the way you write. I forgot what the signs of an effective blog were, but yours certainly is!! Try mine, it’s dull presentation but my students like doing it Room 9 St Pats

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  5. Mom
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 23:03:49

    What a wonderful blog! I am still maneuvering through and learning, but I just have to say it is awesome. I loved two of your examples; the correction of the teeth until they are perfect (used by your dental gear) and the treasure chest at the bottom of the ocean. I am a treasure hunter at heart! Blessings!
    Mom

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  6. Andrea Fox
    May 29, 2011 @ 11:45:13

    I am currently a classroom teacher, but will be an early elementary art specialist next school year. I will be attending the MAEA summer professional development institute and read about your workshop. Unfortunately, I can’t attend on the days that you are presenting. I am so glad that you created this blog with such a wealth of experience and tips. If you have the time to e-mail me directly, I would love to ask you for more advice in order to prepare for my new role as an art teacher.

    Andrea

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    • berryart
      May 29, 2011 @ 13:45:26

      Andrea,

      No problem. I just love sharing ideas. I am currently working on making my ABC book idea into an actual book. I just need a publisher.

      -Christy Berry

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  7. Kristyn
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 15:29:04

    I just shared about your workshop on my blog… http://herdabbles.blogspot.com/ I would love to see updates on any new art literacy bags. I am already compiling a book list : )

    Reply

  8. tracy tressler
    Dec 20, 2014 @ 20:23:37

    We are writing to secure your permission to use the following image as an illustration in a free on-line resource for teachers of foreign languages. The open educational resource is Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide, compiled and published by the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). Funded by Title VI funds from 1991 through 2014, NCLRC prepared the resource for posting on their website during the last year of their grant. NCLRC is now housed at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. as NCLRC@GW. You may find this valuable resource at http://nclrc.org/TeachingWorldLanguages/index.html .

    Please grant us permission to include your image in our free open educational resource.

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    Sincerely,

    Anna U. Chamot, Director
    NCLRC@GW
    auchamot@gwu.edu

    Sheila W. Cockey, Editor
    Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide
    swcockey@nclrc.org

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