Susie Wells creates more than just paint on walls…she helps to create a positive classroom climate for gifted students.
Classroom climate is defined as an environment created for students by the school, teachers, and students. “I am continually looking to create a positive classroom climate in which student learning is maximized and in which students feel comfortable in my classroom,” Miss Stanton said. According to many educational experts, having an environment where students feel safe, nurtured, and intellectually stimulated is a must for students to learn to their potential.
With paint donated by Jenny Montie of Interior Expressions and Flooring, Miss Stanton asked former student Susie Wells to paint for her again. “Susie is an amazing artist, and previously painted my old classroom when she was my student. When I got it approved to paint my new gifted and talented classroom…I knew I had to find Susie! She’s a natural artist,” Miss Stanton said.
“I really liked using the power of lines to make an interesting composition," Susie said. “And I truly appreciate Fassett allowing me to leave another permanent mark on the school!”
In her work, Susie is always digging for something deeper -- a message painted within colors. She doesn’t prefer to just paint…she must create! Susie inspires people, and her work will continue to inspire students in Miss Stanton’s classroom, for years to come.
“When Susie paints, it is apparent she is in her own element. She listens to music as she strokes the white walls of my classroom, and soon I look up and can’t believe my own eyes. She is extremely talented!”
Susie has transformed the plain back wall of Miss Stanton’s classroom to a beautiful tree, with a quote that reads, “Some trees grow very tall in the forest, close to each other. But some must stand by themselves, or they won’t grow at all.”
Susie Wells returned to Fassett Middle School to leave her mark. (Courtesy of Oregon Oracle)