Valley Falls art teacher preps former industrial arts building into classroom
Megan Turner, art teacher, adds life to the new industrial building as she paints a lion on the wall. The building is split into two sections for older and younger students. She decided to make the youth area jungle themed to help “liven” the room. “I think the kids will like it,” Turner said.
Story and photo by Holly Davis
Megan Turner, Valley Falls K-12 art teacher, is excited to transform the industrial building into her new art classroom and appreciates the larger space for students and storage.
Her only concern is getting the students to and from the shop in an orderly manner with limited time and precarious weather situations. To accommodate, she will make a separate space for hanging up coats and each class will have a set of umbrellas. She has also offered to go to the students when the weather gets too bad.
“I don’t want to feel isolated from the other staff members so I hope I can make time to visit with the other teachers, but I’m ready to have more freedom and have the ability to make more messes and noise without bothering other classes,” she said.
Turner is currently the junior class, student council, and dance team sponsor. She will be teaching a graphic design class this fall for the first time. Turner keeps busy at home with her two children, Hesston, 3, and Oliver, 4 months.
“I feel that the public has had a lot of negative feelings about the building. I’m excited to be the one who gets to show it off. It’s not its original function, but we will put it to use. I hope they will see its benefit. I hope to bring it to life,” she said.
Turner mentioned that there will be a possible open house for the public to view the new setup.
She expresssed appreciation to Jessa Brinker, Paige Clayton, and Kendra Gatzemeyer for volunteering their time to help paint the jungle-themed walls.
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