Teacher Evaluation Summary by
Mr. Robert Raeihle - Would you recommend this program to other school districts? "Yes. “Provided understanding for students of cultural inspired work of art both functional and decorative. Students found connections to their own cultural experiences and make comments reinforcing those.”
District: Dix Hills
Artist: Madona Cole-Lacy
What they liked most about the workshop:
“Hands-on activity; the printing experience.”
“Easy to do with students.”
What they valued most: “The background information on the origins of the prints”
“Thank you for a wonderful workshop. Overall the evaluations were excellent. In their own words: “It was fun, creative and informative."
Education Director Huntington Arts Council
A Student’s Take
"I enjoyed learning more about Africa Mrs. Cole. My favorite part is when you taught us what kinds of fabrics Africans used to make clothes.
I enjoyed when you said how they tie-dye fabric or cloth. My next favorite lesson is when
you picked some kids in my class to try on African clothes. I mostly enjoyed when you showed us pictures of African people. Thank you very much."
Student:- Jennifer Schwartz - Robert M Finley Middle School.
“Dear Mrs. Cole,
Thank you so much for visiting Baker School last week. Your informative program captivated my students’ interest as they learned of exciting traditional dress of the African people. I hope you have already received the thank you notes which expressed my students’ delight in your presentation.”
Professional Development Workshop Testimonials
I just wanted to make sure I did let you know how inspiring your workshop was... I really appreciated your wonderful personality and the way you teach... I really took a lot from your workshop and will definitely use some of your ideas for my classes....
Brentwood Elementary Art Teacher
I really enjoyed the printing workshop (Brentwood School District).
I was especially excited to use the authentic African hand-made stamps. it was interesting to be on the other side of the art table again - it made me understand the student's point of view better. For instance, I was eager to start working from the moment the examples were put out and would have liked a bit more time to print. Participating in the workshop was a great way to take the printing lesson for a test run and note preparation and timing so that things can be repeated and adjusted when I try the lesson for myself. Thank you for the information and the experience.
The creator of the “My Time Has Come” program, Madona Cole-Lacy, was responsible for the development and implementation of a program for us that serviced the Amityville School District for the 2009-2010 school year. Her ability to blend the elements of math, science and technology into an exciting program for elementary students was only superseded by her extreme care and concern for the welfare of students in general. Ms. Cole-Lacy provided this academic enrichment program with stimulating activities and sought out to showcase each students for his/her accomplishments.
She prepared her students for presentations and enabled them to gain confidence through knowledge demonstrated in several program events. Young students enthusiastically communicated with confidence and poise the nature of their exploration and culminating projects to adults and groups.
As a coordinator of this New York State project, I found Ms. Cole-Lacy to be an advocate for children and an eager player who assisted in reaching and often exceeding the necessary elements required by the program’s funding sources. It is hoped that we can join forces again to promote learning and foster social and cultural competencies.”