Meet Art Teacher Hannah Carter

We welcome Mrs. Carter as our new Art teacher this year!

Q: Why did you choose to work at Pardes Jewish Day School?

A: I feel a real sense of community at Pardes. The faculty and students are committed to what they are doing and there is a shared love of learning amongst everyone on campus.

Q: What motivated you to become a teacher or to work in education?

A: I have always loved kids and babysat all through high school. When I was in college I took a job painting murals for the synagogue in Philadelphia. That turned into a substitute teaching position and I fell in love with teaching art. I spent many years teaching both art and early childhood and it brings me immense joy.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching or working in education?

A: There are so many things that I enjoy! Getting kids out of their comfort zones, watching them explore new ideas and materials, connecting with a particular style or artist. The amount of fun and controlled chaos in my classroom keeps me energized and excited!

Q: What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class(es)?

A: The most important lesson I want my students to learn is that failure is okay. It’s part of the process and without it, no one ever grows.

Q: How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?

A: I am a working artist. When I am not busy with school stuff or raising my family, I am creating prints and oil paintings.

Q: What was your favorite book as a child?

A: My favorite book when I was little was “The Little Red Lighthouse and The Great Grey Bridge,” by Hildegarde Swift. My favorite book when I was in middle/high school was “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry.

Q: What is your favorite book as an adult?

A: My favorite book as an adult is “The Evolution of God,” by Robert Wright.

Q: What are some of your interests/hobbies?

A: Spending time with my family, making art, cooking, animals.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this school year?

A: I am most looking forward to creating new relationships at Pardes. I’m excited to show the students what is possible with some creativity and a willingness to try new things.