Hoener is the art teacher at James Walker and has been teaching in the Blue Springs School District for 11 years.
EXPERIENCE: Hoener is the art teacher at James Walker and has been teaching in the Blue Springs School District for 11 years. Prior to that, she taught at St. John LaLande Catholic School for five years. She was also selected as the 2011 Building Teacher of the Year.
EDUCATION: Hoener received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. and a masters degree from Webster University.
FAMILY: Hoener has three children who all still live in the Kansas City area.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
“I love art, and I love kids. I wanted to be a positive influence on kids and teach them how to use their creativity in many ways. Teach them to love art.”
What is most challenging as a teacher? Why?
“The most challenging thing for me as a teacher is showing how art connects to all subjects in school. It is not just a fluff class. Accepting art as a valid and critical facet in school and showing how it benefits students in all areas is important to me. Thinking outside the box is where we get our most productive solutions. Creative thinking is problem solving.”
What teaching moment is most memorable?
“I realized how much kids love art a long time ago. I want to give kids what they need to get where they want to go. I have a moment everyday when I walk in the school and see how excited the kids get about art. When a kindergartner asks if they can borrow a broken glitter crayon to take home and then they actually bring it back and ask for another one - this makes my heart sad and smile at the same time. The kids just want to create something nice, and I get the coolest gifts from my kids on paper everyday. I have the greatest job and I am very blessed.”