Teaching Traveling: How can an American art teacher manage to travel all over the world? Read this exciting story of Anita Horton, creator of ArtTeachTravel.com to find out.
Anita, tell us about yourself.
Anita: I am an artist and have always been interested in other cultures for inspiration in the arts and in building global relationships.
After graduating from Missouri State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Certification to teach art K-12, I moved to Dallas with my then-husband and began a career in advertising and graphic design. I succeeded in this field, eventually becoming a Designer/Art Director for the JCPenney Company. During this time I became a mother and, in time, decided to work for myself as a freelancer.
Very satisfied with this career move, it came as a surprise when a private school in the Dallas, Texas area approached me about starting a sculpture department at this college-prep school. I hadn’t been looking for a job; they found me based on the artwork I had been exhibiting in my city. It was a tough decision and I struggled with it, but eventually felt led into accepting this new challenge. Not much time went by before I became so very grateful that I had accepted this new direction for my life! I fell in love with teaching art and have just completed my eleventh year as a middle and high school art teacher.
TT: Fabulous! So, where have you traveled?
A: Prior to 2006, I had been on a couple trips to Mexico and even to Kenya, Africa on a mission trip, but as an artist I had always dreamed of going to Europe. After my marriage ended, I changed the way I paid my bills and began to charge everything I could, paying the bill off each month, to earn mileage points. I was diligent about this as I was trying to earn enough points to take my then high school aged daughter to Europe before she graduated from high school.
TT: Were you able to accomplish this travel goal?