Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art Education Arizona Standard Professional PreK-12 Art Education Certification with SEI Endorsement
My name is Mrs. Tanner, and I am excited about another amazing year exploring different mediums with the young artists of Lone Mountain. I especially love working with clay!
I grew up in Michigan and attended Michigan State University. I graduated with a B.F.A. in Art Education and was the proud recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award for my academic and community achievements. I have a love for learning and completed a study abroad program in Australia. I also completed a yearlong internship teaching K-12 Art while working towards a master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching.
I moved to sunny Arizona to teach K-8 Art at Cheyenne Traditional School where I was the Head Track and Field Coach. I moved on to teach Ceramics at Pinnacle High School where I was the Spiritline Director, Head Varsity Cheer Coach, Assistant Track and Field Coach, and a Freshman Advisor. After having my first child, I decided to take a break from teaching and coaching to put my focus on growing my family and raising my children. Because I loved teaching so much, I knew that I would eventually find my way back into the classroom. I was thrilled when an opportunity became available to teach Art at Lone Mountain where my two children, Christian and Kaylee, are also students.
When I am not in the classroom, I love spending time with my wonderful husband and children. I enjoy running with my rescue dog, Pepper, and running races. I have run several marathons in the past and look forward to adding more medals to my collection in the future. I am so proud to be part of the Lone Mountain team.
As an art educator, I strive to foster an appreciation for the arts in a fun, caring, and safe environment that encourages a growth mindset. I see each child as an individual capable of expressing themselves through art in a way words cannot convey. I encourage creativity, innovation, and problem-solving within each lesson through the experimentation of various art mediums and cross-curricular lessons. I challenge students to ask questions, think critically, learn from mistakes, and be confident in the choices they make in their art.