My name is Jeannie Goecke Nicol and I
have been teaching Visual Arts at DECA since 2011 when the Fine Arts program
was started here. I am a native to the area and went to both Fernbank
Elementary and Druid Hills High Schools. My 13 year-old daughter goes to DHMS
and 16 year-old son goes to DHHS. A cool fact is that my Gram was one of
the first graduating classes from Druid Hills high school as well.
My undergraduate studies were in Fine
Arts/Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University. In 2013 I got my
Master of Arts in Teaching Degree. I now attend GSU again as a Doctorate
student in Education/Curriculum & Instruction in Art. Another cool fact is
that I see our DECA scholars on campus a lot and even have a former scholar
taking the same Drawing classes from my old teacher, ...cool, huh?
My teaching philosophy is quite simple. I'm passionate about the Arts and
bringing beauty and knowledge about this passion to my scholars. I also build
my teaching/personal philosophy on reciprocal respect, respect for each other
and ourselves. We must always be open to each other’s history and background to
collaborate and move forward. I aspire to constantly learn more about my craft
so as to share with my young scholars.