Art Teacher Nicole Batchelor: I believe that every child is an artist, and that the world needs artists in order to remain healthy and vibrant. Art is a process that allows students to explore and experiment with a variety of materials as they create. It empowers them to come to their own conclusions and understanding of what one can do with these materials. Every child should have the opportunity to observe, reflect, take risks, make mistakes, be playful and have fun. My greatest hope is to be a facilitator to each of my students as they continue along their individual paths. I want each child to be able to express themselves confidently through their art, and to know that this expression is a valuable and necessary component of a healthy community.