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Paragon Preschool Faculty

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Emily Bolt
Art Teacher

Emily Bolt graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts. That same year, she began teaching at Paragon. Emily teaches art to kinder-8th grade and created Paragon’s Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum that is based on Mindfulness and a Growth mindset philosophy.

Emily is also a practicing artist, musician, certified yoga Instructor, and mindfulness instructor. Emily believes that being an artist is a way of being in the world.  Art classes function under the philosophy that every person is an artist and all humans are innately creative beings. People are not “born artists”; rather, drawing, painting, sculpting, and creativity are learned by gaining a certain set of skills and practicing them, just like music, dance, sports, and academics. Practicing art making is vital to children’s growth on many levels. The creative process of making art promotes high level critical thinking skills, communication skills, emotional intelligence, observation skills, open-mindedness, creative problem solving, eye-hand coordination, self-awareness, self-expression, self-esteem, contemplative reflection, inventiveness, and flexibility just to name a few. Art is where the hand, the head, and the heart meet.