Love for the Classroom Comes Full Circle

Love for the Classroom Comes Full Circle
Posted on 05/12/2021
Dr. Lorraine teaching student

What began as a simple comment at lunch this spring between Superintendent Jacqueline Coe and her predecessor at SAU 24, Dr. Lorraine Tacconi-Moore, has the retired SAU 24 Superintendent back in the classroom.  

“Jackie and I were catching up over lunch when she mentioned she was having a difficult time replacing the one day a week art teacher at James Faulkner Elementary (JFES), SAU 24’s K-5 school in Stoddard,” commented Dr. Lorraine Tacconi-Moore. “In an instant, I said, I’ll do it!” Dr. Tacconi-Moore was an art teacher for 18 years before transitioning to administrative roles. Throughout her career in administration, she was an assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum, assistant superintendent, and then spent ten years as Superintendent at SAU 24. 

Dr. Lorraine works with student

“Once I moved into administrative positions, the one thing I always missed was the kids. I also have a real fondness for SAU 24. After all, it was my extended family for the past decade,” she commented. “The opportunity to step back into the classroom to teach art and stay connected with SAU 24 has been fantastic”.

Dr. Lorraine works with student

In classes with Dr. Lorraine, that's what students call her, JFES students have been learning about the work of artist Adam Goldsworthy who creates beautiful radial designs using raw materials found in nature. He also is a proponent of the philosophy that the charm of art is not the result or product but that it is the process of creating the art that brings it beauty. The first project students created was to make sculpture-like designs on the school grounds using found natural objects such as moss, sticks, and stones. They recently created radial designs on paper using tracing paper to repeat their design in each quadrant. 

Student artwork

“This opportunity to return to my roots in art education with SAU 24 students has been wonderful,” concluded, Dr. Lorraine.

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