Why I Teach: Abby Boykin

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Abby Boykin is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.

Current position

Visual arts teacher at Springfield Middle School

First teaching position

Visual Arts Teacher at Corinth Holders High School, Wendell

Total number of years teaching

8 years

Colleges attended

Meredith College and St. Clare’s, Oxford

Favorite quote

“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” — George Bernard Shaw

Most memorable moment in your career

When a former student invited me to her senior fashion show featuring eight collections, and my husband and I had VIP seats. I just had no idea the difference I made in her life four years after she left my room. It was such a neat experience to know I had an influence on her future career.

What is your super power?

Creative immortality. It is amazing that with art, my students can produce timeless pieces. When treated with care, artwork can be around to tell their story and life for many years after they are no longer here. How cool is that?

Why do you teach?

It is innate within me. I cannot deny my passion to help others create! Helping others see how art connects to their lives is powerful. It is a universal language that we all can relate to. That is why I feel it is so important to connect with students through their work and find something that we have in common.