My first year teaching at Milford Main Middle School I was blessed to share a room with an elementary art teacher who taught in the district. Liz Copfer (Beck) was my mentor for that year and became my friend. What a gift to have an experienced art teacher to share ideas with during that hard first year.
Before I started teaching I had had Liz's mother Margaret (who is the guru of all art teachers in the Cincinnati area), as my art education professor at Xavier in college. Margaret made me more excited about my profession than I had ever been. Liz had learned from the best. Well, I had the opportunity reap the knowledge of both Copfer ladies.
After my first year at the middle school I was to then go to Pattison to teach elementary school. Liz copied every one of her lesson plans for me, invited me to a day in her classroom, and made a picture album of every project she did and gave it to me. This was an amazing thing to receive. She also gave me countless tips on teaching, words to use, and classroom management ideas. Some of my best lesson plans I owe to Liz. I look around my classroom, hear myself say "the fold is our friend", or refer to a scissors as an "alligator" and think of Liz all of the time. Thank you Liz, you were such a gift to me, as I was your student too!
Here is the lesson I start every year out with given to me by Liz. It teaches the first graders how to cut, glue, and follow directions.