Blake Zachritz has been teaching art at Topeka Collegiate School for 20 years.
She teaches all of the students at the school from pre-K through 8th grade.
“I go home at the end of the day done in, and on the weekends I’m done in too,” said Zachritz. “But it’s fun and I enjoy it.”
Zachritz said she works to create a curriculum that is unique and relevant to each grade level.
“We have art history throughout all the grades,” said Zachritz.” “The pre-k students have art history lesson on Mona Lisa that they just love.”
Each year she also has her students create a small self-portrait each year starting in pre-K and ending in their final year at the school in 8th grade.
She said her students look forward to art projects they’ll get to do as they get older.
“In a way, it puts a lot of pressure on me to be sure that I can teach… with the same enthusiasm that I taught [art] with 20 years ago,” said Zachritz. “But I try my best.”
Zachritz also puts on an art show for her students to display their work each year.