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My name is Tracy Fortune and I have been teaching art to students of all ages for over 25 years. My career started in Canada, where I taught at both private and public schools in Alberta and British Columbia. My early teaching also included a year as an art teacher in Liberia, West Africa. I moved to the Washington State in 2003 and taught at Hudtloff Middle School in Lakewood, Washington for ten years. I had the privilege of being a key member of design team for a new Hudtloff Middle School building which won the 2013 International Interior Design Association “Design IN Public” Award. This past fall I transferred to Lakes High School where I teach Exploring Art and Ceramics.
I am very involved with my state organization, Washington Art Education Association (WAEA). Currently I serve on the board as secretary and am the advertising rep for our state’s new quarterly Splatter magazine and WAEA fall conference. I have been a presenter at multiple state, regional and national conferences, and love sharing my creative and practical ideas with fellow art teachers. As an artist and published author, my credits include three children’s books, a Crystal Production teaching resource titled “Speaking About Art”, as well as contributions to School Arts, Arts in Activities and WAEA’s Splatter magazines. I also work as an adjunct professor for Seattle Pacific University and Clover Park School District. As a mentor/facilitator I guide teachers through the process to earn either their Professional Teaching or National Board Certificate. My education background includes earning a Master’s in Education with Presidential Honors from City University of Seattle and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. I achieved my National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adult Art 2009.
Life is as a journey. Every day is an adventure and I am fortunate to work with students to encourage them on their artistic journey to discover their artistic voice and develop skills to better see, think, talk and create like an artist.