Felicia Merrick is a veteran classroom teacher of 22 years before becoming an art teacher. It’s a position she feels embodies all that she loves: creativity and children.
But a series of devastating losses lead to a debilitating battle with anxiety and depression. Through daily calming practices, the right medication, and a full self-help toolbox, Felicia is determined to manage anxiety.
She hopes that by sharing her story, other art teachers will earn to identify the trigger points and to find the necessary help.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
– Felicia’s journey to become an art teacher
– How she deals with anxiety and the best tools available to help others do the same
– What effect influential people will have in your life
– Why it’s so important to say “goodbye” to challenging times in your life and career
– How Patty finds her calm and reenergizes
LISTEN TO THE SHOW
Being the youngest child, I always wanted to be “the boss” and was given an opportunity in Kindergarten. I was determined to be a teacher. I became a 2nd grade teacher and did so for 22+ years. After graduating from SDSU, my husband (of 32 years this month) and I moved to Northern California to get a teaching job, because I refused to be a sub! I loved it! I felt alive. I was in control. I had it all going on. I did a job-share for 10 years with many fabulous teachers, (some questionable) while I had my 4 children…Teaching was my passion. I was right where I belonged! Unknowingly, my path led my family and I to relocate to Southern California.
For the past 5 years, I have been an ART teacher at the elementary level. This, amongst other roles I play, mom, sister to 8 other sisters and 8 brothers, friend, colleague, etc. I became an Art teacher! Who would’ve thunk? I guess I did! I didn’t even know it! As well as 2nd grade and ART, I have taught “Computer Coding” and “Health and Wellness” (both in which I am not formally trained). I am so thankful I have DSS as my go-to for art instruction and realtime art teacher support.
I have a loving God. I have a loving family, (both immediate and extended) that have supported me 100% thru this journey called life. I do know that this thing we call Art is more than just that. It is a healthy, healing boat to be on, and I am embarking on it “full steam ahead”! I do intend to “sail around the world” of art and share it with my students who have not had such an amazing path to follow, strong support, or a loving ocean to sail on. May I be a conduit to help these young humans recognize this through “this thing called ART” as I boss them around.
LINKS & RESOURCES:
– An Unquiet Mind* by Kay Redfield Jamison
– The Power of Now* by Eckart Tolle
– A New Earth* by Eckhart Tolle
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