Carrie's Creative Corner
designed by Carrie LeAva Varnadore

       Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night       

Hello! Welcome to my website, "Carrie's Creative Corner."  My name is Carrie LeAva Varnadore. I am twenty years old. I am currently a junior at Valdosta State University and I am an Early Childhood Education major in VSU's Early Childhood and Special Education Department. This semester will be my first professional semester at VSU. I've wanted to become a teacher for as long as I can remember.  I can't wait to finally begin to teach and have a classroom of my own!  This past school year, I worked at Valwood School in Hahira as an Extended Day Teacher working with grades Pre-K through 5. This was definitely one of my most memorable experiences. I learned so much from the children in the program and I hope that I had some type of impact on them as well!

 If you can't tell already, art and music are very important to me.  I've performed and written music as well as created many different works of art for as long as I can remember! I played the clarinet in my high school concert band and was a member of the Flag Corp during football season all four years of high school, two of which I served as Captain.  I'm currently learning to play guitar (whenever I can find the spare timeto practice).  I also enjoy creating new works of art.  I mostly like to do sketches of people, mainly faces.  A lot of the works I have created recently have been from photographs or by simply observing people as they go about their day.  Below are a few examples of my work.

sketch of me and my mom                          sketch of my brother
                    This is a sketch I did from one of my favorite                                This is a sketch I did for my brother,
                                  pictures of me and my mom.                                                Cameron, on his 17th birthday.

I am originally from Jesup, Ga but I currently live in Valdosta, GA.  I come from a family of four. My mother, Connie, father, Reggie, and brother, Cameron, still live in Jesup.  My mom works at a local bank called Prime South and my dad works as a Foreman for the Jesup office of the Georgia Department of Transportation.  Cameron is seventeen and a senior at Wayne County High this year. I also have a dog named Bailey. She just celebrated her first birthday this past July. She is a golden retriever mix that I adopted from the Lowndes County Animal Shelter in October of 2006. Below are a few pictures of me, my family, and Bailey.

Picture of me with my family                     Picture of me                     Picture of my dog Bailey

Vincent Van Gogh is my absolute, favorite artist. His paintings "Starry Night" and "Wheatfield Cypresses" are my favorite of all of his works.  "Starry Night" is featured at the top of this page and "Wheatfield Cypresses" is used as the icon for the link to my LiveText portfolio.  A few years ago I was able to go to New York City for a week and I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art while I was there. This was one of my most memorable experiences! I would love to be able to return someday to see the new works of art and exhibitions they have.

I have found a few websites online that I think would be very helpful for teachers, both old and new.  Teacher Planet is a great website that has many resources to choose from. They have a link to lesson plans, a calender on the home page which lists important holidays, and over 250 theme based resource pages.  Songs For Teachers is another great website that I happened to stumble across.  Since music and art are so important to me, I hope that my future students will come to appreciate the arts as much as I do. I'm sure that this website will be an excellent way to accomplish this goal.  This website has links to free downloads and lyrics of educational songs on a variety of subjects that would be great to use in the classroom.

Van Gogh's Water Garden
Student Resources
Van Gogh's Fishing in the spring, Pont De Clichy
Ways I Can Integrate
Van Gogh's Wheatfield Cypresses
LiveText Portfolio
Van Gogh's Starry Night Over Rhone
Topic Mini-Research Website
Van Gogh's Olive Trees
Topic Mini-Research Lesson
Van Gogh's Pollard Birches
E-Book Lesson Website

Van Gogh's Mulberry Tree
E-Book Lesson Plan
Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace At Night
Classroom Website for
Student Teaching

Van Gogh's Irises in a vase
Educational Activites Website
for Student Teaching

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