Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Laura Vandertuin

Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Title: Art Teacher- Ms. Laney

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Arlington

Certifications: Art EC-12 Intern Certification from ECAP

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Conference Time: Mon-Fri (7:40am-8:35am), (12:15pm-12:45pm)

Bio: Hello! Laney Vandertuin, here! This will be my first year teaching, and I’ll be starting here at Mary Louise Phillips Elementary as the K-5 art teacher.

A little about me: I graduated UTA in 2013 with a BFA, did freelance work in San Diego for a few years, and then started my art studio, LV.23 Studios, when i moved back to Texas in 2017. Since then, I have been traveling around Texas to multiple Anime, Video Game, and Comic conventions, selling my art and interacting with a ton of other excellent artists and an absolute plethora of incredible people.

I was inspired to pursue teaching by all the kiddos I got to talk with at these conventions that had such passion and curiosity for art. Being able to connect with them through what they were interested in (I am also a massive geek), and encourage them to chase those connections and their own creativity just clicked somewhere in my heart.

I’m really looking forward to the special challenge this year poses, as it could be a huge opportunity to get creative, and problem solve. That kind of situation could bring about some incredible stuff- after all, we are all teachers, and we are all students. :)