Portrait of a Poet Educator: Personal and Professional Evolution through the Arts

  • Shanita Bigelow
Keywords: art education, poetry, narrative, autoethnography, self-reflection, praxis



This narrative is a portrait of a poet and educator. It chronicles—in parts—the author’s journey in and through arts education toward a life of teaching and writing. It includes a poem, “Storied,” placed in parts throughout the narrative. Beneath the surface of life history, teaching experiences and experiences as a student, the author writes, as a foundation, the poem and vignettes to demonstrate the negotiations and practices inherent in shaping her work as an educator. These pieces converge to provide a brief and nuanced look at how education through the arts can lead to personal/professional evolution and a sense of empowerment.