Ann-Denise Anderson

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B.S. Arizona State University/ M.Ed Western Governor's University

Ann-Denise Anderson

Art I, Photography 2, Photography 3, AP Studio Art

Mrs. Ann-Denise holds a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and her Masters of Education from Western Governor's University. Mrs. Anderson is highly certified in visual arts and has over 16 years experience in the creative visual arts industry. After writing for numerous art publications and teaching at national acclaimed creative arts retreats, Ann-Denise felt a deeper need to share her passion for art with youth at large in a public education setting. She has been published in several art publications. She has taken part in many private collaboration and has participated in jurored events such as Worthington Art Gallery in Pleasanton, CA. Fort Worth Community Arts Center Exhibitor for Educator Evidences 2015. She also teaches Professional Development Workshops for FWISD Art Department. Mrs. Anderson is currently the Polytechnic High School Fine Arts Department Chair. She states, "Art reinforces the importance of developing creative problem solving skills that are critical for success in our rapidly changing society. Art also fosters the development of learning about ourselves and those around us. A philosophy of art education must involve an understanding of student learners, child development, artistic development and how each student processes ideas and concepts differently. Treating art like a journey and taking the series or steps to get to your final destination is more valued than the piece itself. I choose to always travel the road less traveled by and in the words of Robert Frost, "That has made all the difference".

Other Assignments

Art Department Chair
National Honor Society Sponsor
Art Club Co-Sponsor
FWISD Curriculum Writer/Photography

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Google Class Codes: 

https://classroom.google.com/c/MTI3OTMxNzIzMjQy?cjc=dxghftg https://classroom.google.com/c/MTI3OTMxNzIzMjU0?cjc=znmkz4c https://classroom.google.com/c/MTI3OTMxNzIzMjY1?cjc=idnrxue https://classroom.google.com/c/MTI3OTMxNzIzMjcz?cjc=shr6bjf https://classroom.google.com/c/MTI3OTMxNzIzMjgw?cjc=6pirfbi https://classroom.google.com/c/MTI3OTMxNzIzMjg4?cjc=wrndja6

 

 Amanda Carpenter

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BA in Music Education - Texas Woman's University

Amanda Carpenter

 

Band Director

I received my Bachelor's of Music Education from Texas Women's University in 2014. My primary instruments are flute and bassoon, with a partial secondary in clarinet. I started teaching in Killeen ISD as a middle school director from 2015-2018 and moved back to Ft. Worth to teach at Poly from 2018 until now. When I'm not at school or in rehearsal, I enjoy spending time with my husband Jasper, our fur baby Salem, my family, and playing D&D with friends on the weekends.

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Google Class Codes: 

Poly Band - ckq6npb

Music Theory - k63lzhb

Color Guard - 6b54ioo

 

 
 Katharine Merle

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University of Texas at San Antonio- B.A Texas A & M- Commerce M.F.A

Katharine Merle

 Art 1 Teacher

This is my 3rd year teaching Art 1, 2 & 3 at Poly. I was born and raised here in North Texas. I graduated from Grapevine High School before moving south where I earned my BA in Geography from the University of Texas at San Antonio. My art training began at a young age, but it wasn’t until 2017 that I decided to turn my passion into a career. I earned my teaching certification in Art K-12 and began pursuing my MA in Studio Fine Art from UNT.  I am incredibly passionate about empowering children to become well-balanced, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens who are life-long learners. I will work to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging and adaptive to the needs of my students. I sponsor the Art Club and co-sponsor NHS. I am currently pursuing my MFA in Studio Fine Art at Texas A & M University- Commerce. I'm married and together we have three kids and enough animals to make a small zoo.

Other Assignments
Art Club

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Google Class Codes: 

1st Period - 6za3mef

3rd Period - po3tkrh

4th Period - 4pzgmvb

5th Period - x5frzrd

6th Period - drdnwlw

8th Period - c7vhn2m

 

 Karlton Merrill

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University of North Texas

Karlton Merrill

Visual Art Teacher

I'm passionate about the visual arts and how it provides an avenue to express myself creatively and create media about my experiences and whats important to me. Favorite color is blue, die hard Cowboys fan and go Lakers! 

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Google Class Codes: 

1st Period Classroom code -pyktg2o

3rd Period Classroom code -5jpohan

4th Period Classroom code -u2v2lig

5th Period Classroom code -atmyqd5

6th Period Classroom code -eew6f7q

7th Period Classroom code -keb4tnr

8th Period Classroom code -a6vxbsv

 Jean O'Neal

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Prairie View A&M University

Jean O'Neal

Choir Instructor 

I have taught middle school as well high school choruses and has been teaching since 2005. I love to sing different genres of music and get a joy out of introducing students to the classical vocal genre. It is my hope to grow the Polytechnic High School program and showcase their talent in the Fort Worth Community.

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Google Class Codes: 

4th Period - fnol2se

7th period - m27wzd

 Alfonso Rayford

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Bachelor of Music Education, Texas Christian University

Alfonso Rayford

Orchestra and Mariachi Instructor

Mr. Rayford is a native of Fort Worth Texas! He gained his Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University. His main instruments include Trombone and Guitarron. He has been an active member of the music community in the DFW for many years. He enjoys experiencing new cultures through music and food. As well as, playing Minecraft in his spare time. He is also an Alumni of Poly! Go Parrots!!!

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Google Class Codes: 

Orchestra Class: 5ysrwjd
Mariachi Alas De oro: 4tlbed2
Beginner Mariachi: mhgahod