Class of 2010, Mt. Sterling, KY

I’ve always had a passion for art and as a Freshman I quickly realized my interest in graphic design. In addition to my graphic design classes I also took several art history classes, including a trip abroad to London, and knew I had a love for both. I graduated from Georgetown as a double major in Art and Communication with a double Art emphasis in Graphic Design and Art History. The summer before my senior year I obtained two internships in Lexington, Kentucky. The first was a graphic design position with McEwen Creative and the second was teaching art classes with the Louden House at a summer camp for underprivileged youth. This was a turning point in my career path because although I enjoyed my graphic design internship, I fell in love with teaching art.

Julie Jones, Class of 2010, Mount Sterling, KY

Julie and Dr. Decker at the reception for A Passionate Pursuit: The Milward Collection in March, 2012

After graduation I enrolled in The University of the Cumberlands Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program allowing me to obtain my Masters and certification to teach art K-12 simultaneously. While taking these classes online I lived in Lexington and also worked with Mr. John Milward, an avid art collector whose love for art was inspiring. While working for Mr. Milward, I organized and catalogued his entire collection, which totaled over one thousand works of art.  After completing the MAT program I was hired to teach 5th and 6th grade art at the brand new Montgomery County Intermediate School in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. It was an art teacher’s dream being able to come into a new school, order all supplies to stock the classroom, and begin to build an art program from the ground up. It wasn’t a single event, but a culmination of a variety of art classes, studying abroad, and multiple internships that helped me understand my interests and led me to where I am today.