Teaching Art and Loving Every Minute!
Currently studying art education and loving every minute of it, alumnus Alika Middleton is in her last semester of college at Northern Arizona University. She attended James Madison University for two years and is now living in Flagstaff.
Alika moved to Sedona when she was 8 and joined Bob and Teri’s classroom in second grade. She attended Sedona Charter School until she graduated from Ms. Burke’s class in 8th grade.
Probably her most exciting memory was the 6th grade field trip! “It was a week-long road trip with all my best friends traveling around California visiting “paranormal” sites! We had such an incredible time.”
Her favorite teacher was Deborah Williams. “She was the most incredible teacher. I learned so much from her. She went above and beyond in her teaching skills. She related to us as people, not just silly kids. She was fun, kind, inspiring and wise. She taught me more than the basic facts; she brought life and love into the classroom. She is such an inspiring woman, teacher and friend!”
SCS taught Alika how to tap into my creative potential. “I noticed this when I was in a creative writing class at James Madison University in Virginia. I was the only student in the class who had experience with creative writing. In 7th and 8th grade we had to write creative stories every week! We also used our art skills to design and color the front page, which was very fun for me.”
When asked to recall the most valuable lesson she learned at Sedona Charter School, Alika replied, “SCS nurtured students to be who they wanted to be. I was allowed to be myself, and that was by far the most valuable thing I took away from my years at SCS. It was a positive learning environment for me.”
Alika is currently completing her degree with a student teaching internship at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy.
“I love teaching art to students! So far it has been a very memorable experience.”