Courtney Cardiff


What is your hometown?  San Diego, CA

What is your education? BFA Studio Art, minor in Theatre from Chapman University, Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art from San Diego State University

How many years teaching?  7

How many years at CUSSD?  7

Campus:  Junior and Senior High

Subjects Taught:   
JH Art 7, JH Art 8, Art I, Art II, & AP Art

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What is your life verse?  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”  -Proverbs 3:5-8   

Why do you teach? When I was in second grade I used to stay inside during recess to help my peers with their work. I was encouraged by a wonderful teacher that I had a knack for helping others learn. This experience inspired my desire to become a teacher myself. I have also been interested in art as a subject and as a hobby for as long as I can remember, and it is, without question, the subject that I have most wanted to teach.  Having the opportunity to teach a subject that I am truly passionate about is extremely rewarding and also very challenging. My goal is not to convert every student into an art major, rather, I seek to show students what amazing things they can accomplish and be proud of with some basic knowledge and skills. Much like writing, dancing, music, and even sports, art is an avenue for expression. My greatest reward comes when a student creates something they did not believe was possible and/or when they discover a new way to express themselves. I may teach them the skills and impart the knowledge but the masterpiece is always their own.

Interesting facts about you?  

  • When I eat Otter Pops, I always eat two or three at the same time
  • I’m a fan of Science Fiction movies/books/etc.
  • I can do tick-tock cartwheels (back and forth on both sides) and I love doing handstands
  • If there is candy available, I will probably eat it!

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