Fayetteville Art Teacher Inspires Students

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) - This week's Tools for Teachers award recipient is Jennie Roles-Walter.  She's an artist as well as an art teacher at Fayetteville High School who's getting creativity out of her students many didn't know they had.

In addition to the basics of art, Ms. Roles-Walter also strives to instill a sense of generosity in her students through fundraisers where their creations are sold to benefit worthy causes.  She says her approach to art and art education has been affected heavily by a battle she faced a few years ago.

"I had Stage 2 and almost Stage 3 melanoma cancer in my early 20s, and I have had several friends die from cancer. This has influenced how I use my art talents in and out of the school system."

In addition to teaching at Fayetteville High School, Ms. Roles-Walter has a studio in the Fayetteville square where she teaches art.  Also, some of her work is published in a book titled Out of the Kitchen and out of the Box.

If you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide tells us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.