Teaching and creating art are my passion. I love working with student artists! I believe that I can make a positive difference in the lives of my students through making connections. This allows me to function as a catalyst for individual growth and vision within learning communities I teach. Developing the vision of an artist allows each and every one of my students the opportunity to see and understand the world, cultivate a language of personal expression, and communicate thoughts, emotions, and ideas today and into the future. I believe it is my responsibility to respectfully guide the individual growth and development of my student artists, helping each one to become more fully alive in the realization of their own creative potential.
"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." Socrates
Having taught art at the secondary level for 35 years in the public school system, including running my own private art school and commission art business, Parenti Studio, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to develop curriculum and teach for the Mustang community of learners. Offering a wide variety of studio courses for our student artists is important to the Metea Valley Art Department. Well-versed in both the two-dimensional and three-dimensional studio arts, I am currently responsible for teaching
Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Painting 1, and Painting 2, and Advanced Drawing and Painting. I also teach the honors course, AP Art History, a capstone class I helped to write for the district.
2008 IAEA/NAEA Illinois Art Educator of the Year; Golden Apple Semi-finalist, 2010; District #204 Most Influential Educator 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; Kennedy Center for the Arts School of Distinction Award with the NVHS Art Department 2008; Best Art Department in the State of Illinois 1994 LWHS District #210; professional artist showing in a variety of one-person and group exhibits in Illinois, Colorado, and Indiana.