Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Kristen O'Neil - Art Teacher
I teach art at Ware Elementary, Bessie Weller Elementary, and Dixon Preschool! I am a graduate of James Madison University (GO, DUKES)! I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with my concentration being in Painting and Drawing and completed the JMU art education program. I am a member of the NAEA and VAEA, so I'm always going to conferences and staying on top of the lastest news in art education! I have a wonderful husband named Cooper! We got married during the pandemic! Cooper loves attending our school art shows, musicals, and school activities! My favorite things to do include: watching Cartoon Network (you're never too old to enjoy cartoons), grabbing a bite at the local drive-in diner, and listening to vinyl records.
I am extremely passionate about art education but, more importantly, passionate about working with students! They are the reason I chose to become a teacher. I look forward to helping your child achieve and succeed as artists and imaginative thinkers! Art helps our students develop their creativity and problem solving skills (valuable skills to have). I encourage communication with parents/guardians! Please email me with any questions: KO'Neil@staunton.k12.va.us
Since the pandemic, I have developed a Google site that I will be updating weekly with assignments for Bessie students grades 3rd-5th & a YouTube channel for virtual instruction. (Mrs. Purdy teaches Bessie K-2nd students & will have her own assignments for K-2nd).
You can find the Google Site by clicking the link on the Google Site Link Page, that is where I will be posting the weekly assignments!
I am excited to explore the wonderful world of art with your child! Please reach out to me about anything! I love hearing from you & getting your feedback!