Animating Question

How can we let students know that things might be hard, but we are made to do hard things?


Erin Grocki

Visual Arts Teacher

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Erin has been an artist her whole life and started her artistic career as an animator. She lived in Los Angeles for 10 years working for a variety of animation studios, until she decided to return home and pursue her love of teaching full time. She’s taught various types of art and design for the past 21 years. Erin got her start at a small Montessori school and continued to teach art in a variety of school settings from private, to public institutions, throughout Massachusetts.

Erin is passionate about helping all students find creative outlets, make connections, and define their interests. She wants her students to share unique creative and educational experiences and enjoy the process of learning.

Erin has been on the Art and Writing Scholastic Board in NYC, and received the prestigious Kennedy Center/ Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award after being nominated by a former student who recognized the transformative impact Erin had on her life. In addition, Erin married her high school sweetheart and has three children. She is passionate about painting, music, and learning new art techniques to share with her students.


BFA, Rhode Island School Of Design; MFA California Institute of the Arts


Do not let anyone else define what you can and can not be or do. Follow every dream, create, sing, laugh, be with family, and trust God. You will enjoy your life, I promise.


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This week our mini inventors will be focusing on coding and prototyping. Yesterday, students prototyped a lamp, and today, they did the same with a sound machine. Students then used human-centered design to understand how to improve the product for the user by interviewing classmates and staff. Friday, students will present to their classmates, staff, and families their chosen projects starting from their beginning sketches to their prototype to the final product.

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