Linda Dempsey
Art Site:
Visual Arts Teacher.
Licensed 5-12 MA and K-12 CT.

K-12 Visual Arts Teacher CT, certification.
As a professional artist as well as teacher, I’m experienced in a wide range of art media. I'm
able to adapt these varied skills to complement common core standards while creating
stimulating and meaningful curriculum aimed at improving student knowledge, ability,
appreciation and expression.

Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilites 5-12 in MA. (CT certification Pending).
I’m experienced working with social, emotional, behavioral students as well as students with
mild and moderate learning disabilities. In these schools, I’ve taught Art and English classes
while also meeting with parents, counselors, students and staff to write and implement IEPS, as
well as offering academic and counseling support.

Art Therapy Certification K-12.


Current: Hamden High School Fine Arts teacher Hamden Ct.
High school Art teacher Aug 2021 - current. Teaching grades 9-12 Intro to Art, World Art, AP

Resiliency Preparatory Academy Fall River MA. Art , English, SPED Teacher. Aug. 2019 -
July 2020
Social Emotional High School where I taught grades 8-12. 4 Art classes per day, and 1 English
class per day.
Along with teaching a full schedule of classes, I wrote and implemented IEPS and held
meetings with parents, students, staff and other counselors. The average class size was 15
students and I had a co-teacher.
As of March 2020, school was taught remotely due to Covid. I became adept at remote learning,
technology and teaching skills.
I left that position at the end of the year to move back to CT.

Waypoint Academy, Sandwich MA. Art & English Teacher. Aug 2018 - June 2019.
A Social, Emotional, Behavioral High School where I taught grades 8-12 Art, 4 classes a
day, and English, 1 class per day. I had extensive training at this job in counseling.
I left at the end of year for Resiliency Preparatory Academy in Fall River MA, much closer to my
then home in New Bedford MA.

Roosevelt Middle School, New Bedford MA. Art Teacher. Aug 2015 - June 2017.
Visual Art teacher Grades 6-9. 5 classes per day, 5 days per week, 25-30 students per class.
I left this job to finalize my last year of graduate school for Art Education and SPED mild
moderate disabilities at UMASS Dartmouth.

In My teaching career I’ve excelled at:

Parent, student and family communication.
Teaching Art and English
Community Focused Events.
Grant Writing for Art Funding.
District Art Shows.
My students created environmental signs for local parks in NB which are still vibrant and utilized
My Students created artwork for reusable shopping bags for local NB supermarkets
emphasizing the hazards of plastic bags which are still utilized today.
My Students work was featured in the permanent collection at the Buttonwood Zoo in New
Bedford as well as the New Bedford Courthouse for artistic excellence on environmental
awareness and conservation themes.
My Art students consistently win the most awards for excellence in district shows, I believe this
is due to the emphasis I put on critical thinking and problem solving skills, along with
conceptual and aesthetic understanding.

Jobs Prior to Obtaining Graduate Degree and License:
Art Teacher: New Bedford Art Museum: Part Time. Grades K-8.. 2014-2015 After school and
weekend art school within the museum. Developed curriculum in visual arts; Drawing; Painting;
Printmaking; Mixed Media; Collage; Clay.
Art Teacher: Denison Community Center. Part time 2013-2014. After school elementary art
program in a community center in New Bedford. I developed lesson curriculum in visual arts;
Drawing; Painting;Printmaking; Mixed Media; Collage; Clay and murals K-8. This was a
volunteer position based on the Teach Grant I received.
Student Teacher at Dartmouth High School: Full Time. Sept 2013- June 2014.
I did my student teaching practicum here and had the distinct opportunity as lead teacher for 2
months during my tenure, when the head teacher, Maura Erwin, was out sick.
Art Teacher: Coleman Center for the Arts. Newport RI. Part Time. 2008- 2011.
Developed Curriculum and taught the following classes: Painting, Drawing, Watercolor, Figure
Drawing, Encaustic Painting.

Art Teacher: Art Students League NYC. Part Time. 1995- 2005.
Taught college level courses. Figure Drawing, Figure Painting.

Marketing Manager, Consultant: Recycled Paper Printing. Full Time. 1995- 2013.
I ran the NYC office, developing clients for the first environmentally sustainable printing




company i n the US. We printed magazines, annual reports, corporate brochures etc, using recycled papers and vegetable based inks only. I did community speaking events, consulting
and public education, As printing subsided in lieu of websites, I decided to pursue art education, something I'd always dreamed of doing.

Artist at
I have been a professional and practicing artist since my early twenties, freelancing as an
illustrator for various jobs in NYC and holding ongoing exhibitions of my work. I bring a great
deal of creative and diverse experience and skill to my teaching, as well as a warm, vibrant,
caring and encouraging personality.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Masters in Art Education 5-12.
Certification in Mild-Moderate disabilities 5-12. 2013-2018.

New England School of Technology. Summer Certification Program in Adobe Photoshop
and Illustrator. 2014.

Salve Regina Expressive & Creative Arts: Therapy Certification Program. 2008 -2010.

Art Students League: Ongoing coursework. 1991 - 1998

Southern Connecticut State University. BFA. 1985-1990

Thesis: Social Justice Art Education and Personal Practice: Teachers who do Both.
Presented at National Arts Educators Association Annual Convention, Seattle, Wa. May 2018.

50 Markets of Illustration, by John Roman, 2014. Published several pieces of my work.

NAEA: National Arts Education Association.
MAEA: Massachusetts Art Educators Association.
SCAA: South Coast Artist Association.
RICA: R .I. State Council on the Arts



Covet Letter.











Over the past 20 years I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students in a
variety of settings, from inner-city to rural suburban, from privileged to disadvantaged. Because
of these experiences, I have developed effective teaching techniques and instructional methods
which allow me to educate all styles of learners in fun & engaging environments, promoting art
appreciation, creativity, confidence building and the exploration of ideas.
I have taught AP art. Drawing Painting, Ceramics, 3d design, Photography, Technology
including; Animation, Filmmaking, Web Design.
Students in my art classes are expected to not only make art, but to read about it, write about it,
and comprehend it in the form of quizzing and project development based on the acquired
skills.This can be applied to all students with adjustments made for skill levels and age.
My certifications in mild moderate disabilities as well as my certification in art therapy
have helped immensely in the art room as well as the behavioral schools that I have worked in.
Prior to moving to RI in 2007, I lived and worked in NYC for 17 years, where I organized
community art events including extensive and elaborate mural making, as well as teaching at
the Art Students League from 1995 to 2000.
Beyond my artistic endeavors, I worked as an independent consultant for a Boston based
environmental printing company for 17 years. My love of nature and the environment is strongly
reflected in my art lesson plans which encourage students to learn, study and reflect upon our
human impact on nature and the environment.
I am a professional artist as well, my primary medium being painting and encaustic painting, my
work can be viewed at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford MA. and through my artist website

Linda Dempsey Art Teacher  508-991-1967

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