Meet Jenna Warburton, John Hay Elementary's fabulous visual arts teacher. A true creative talent with warm words of encouragement for everyone, Ms. Warbuton is one of our most popular teachers, having taught music, art, and co-directing our annual school musical. And she's also a former John Hay parent! Principal Silver remarked, "Jenna is passionate about art and working with her students. Her art projects reflect the world around us and give students a way to express themselves. She’s calm, warm and inclusive." And Assistant Principal Clement weighed in, "As an art teacher, Jenna knows how to break down an art project into basic steps so everyone has a final product they are proud of. Being able to do that really is an art form! Pun intended! As a person, Jenna is calm, passionate, and dedicated to our John Hay family. We are so lucky to have her!"
Now's your chance to get to know a little bit about her, too!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Traverse City, Michigan. (the most beautiful place on earth...to me)
Why did you choose to become a teacher?
It happened naturally. I was teaching a small children's choir while pursuing a career in opera and I just realized the best part of my day was that choir and teaching those kids.
What's the best thing about working at John Hay?
The wonderful families that make up our John Hay community! I also really love watching the trees change colors out of my classroom windows.
What's your favorite...What is your favorite children's book?
Sport? I love volleyball because my daughter plays it, but I really love watching football!
Food? French Fries and desserts with butterscotch.
Movie? I like movies, but I'm a total TV show junkie.
My mom remembers reading a board book called Hop like a Bunny, Dance like a Bear over and over to me. She still has it memorized to this day. My favorite animal is a bunny.If you could speak to yourself at age 9, what piece of advice would you give?Be brave, kind, respectful, have fun, sing out, and don't slouch! I have always been really, really tall and when I was 9 it was hard not to slouch.
Thank you for being our featured teacher, Ms. Warburton! :)
Be sure to check out our From the Halls of Hay gallery. Ms. W has been adding a great selection of student art work. And learn more about her work with Puget Sounds AMT.