The Sheboygan North High Art Department’s Mission (written in collaboration with students) is to create and maintain a learning environment that stimulates risk-taking, originality, and collaboration through the use of 21st Century skills in both studio practice and communication. The Sheboygan North’s art program instills in student’s confidence, understanding, and focus to pursue post-secondary education. Students gain opportunities for self-discovery, self-expression, and become caring, goal-driven young adults who give back to their community through creativity and artistic vision.
About Mr. Juarez
Employment: Sheboygan Area School District, 2001-present
School: North High School, Sheboygan, WI
Teaching Level: High School, Grades 9-12
Courses Taught: Art Foundations 1 & 2, Senior Art 1 & 2, Art Foundations 3 & 4, Drawing Intensive, Drawing/Painting I+II / Honors, Portfolio I & II, A.P. Studio Art, and Intro to Digital Artistry,
Mr. Juarez earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from Marian College, teaching certificate and Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art from Carroll College.He has taught art at Riverview Academy (2001-2006), and is currently the art department chair at Sheboygan North High School.
Mr. Juarez manages the infrastructure and strategic plan for Sheboygan North High School’s art department. The department’s mission, written in collaboration with students, is to create and nurture a learning environment that stimulates risk-taking, originality, and collaboration through the use of 21st Century skills in both studio practice and communication. The Sheboygan North’s art program instills in students confidence, understanding, and focus to pursue post-secondary education. Students also gain opportunities for self-discovery and self-expression and become caring, goal-driven young adults who give back to the community while also developing critical thinking and problem-solving.
Mr. Juarez brings over a decade of art education and arts management experience organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, supporting artists through grant programs, and professional development workshops. This has placed him in the forefront of promoting Wisconsin artists, networking, and attracting regional and national artists to collaborate and exhibit in Wisconsin.
About Mrs. Mattern
Employment: Sheboygan Area School District
Schools: Change Academy / North High School
Teaching Level: High School, Grades 9-12
Courses Taught: Art Foundations 1/2, Art Foundations 3/4, Senior Art 1 & 2
Mrs. Mattern, lives in Sheboygan with her husband and two children. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UW-Madison. She has a varied career history, which includes work as a counselor and as an activity director for the elderly, as well as a stint at having her own neon art & sign company. She fulfilled her life-long ambition to teach art by earning certification in art education from Silver Lake College in 2005. Mrs. Mattern spent part of her student teaching assignment at North. She worked as a long-term substitute at North for a month, had more substituting jobs for the Sheboygan Area School District, and then was hired in January to be a full-time teacher for SASD Alternative Programs. She has been the art teacher for students in the STRIVE, TAPP, WAVE and Riverview, now Central high School. In the past few years, Mrs. Mattern’s placement has shifted to include elementary and middle school as well. Last year she had students of all ages from kindergarteners to seniors.
Mrs. Mattern is passionate about teaching and sharing art experiences with people of all ages and abilities. She says that she finds conversations with high school students to be ”delightful and insightful.” In 2011 she was chosen as the Outstanding Art Educator – Secondary Division by the Wisconsin Art Educators’ Association for her work with at-risk youth and curriculum development for alternative programs.
As an artist, Mrs. Mattern enjoys working with most art media, including glass, ceramics, and fibers. Her favorite method of creative expression is oil painting. She is currently working with the challenges of painting portraits to convey her subjects’ personalities as well as their status in the 21st century. She believes in bringing to prominence the beauty possessed by each individual.
About Ms. McKenna, Student Teacher
Ms. Mckenna lives in Sheboygan with her Daughter Brook and fiance, whom she credits for her inspiration and motivation to pursue her dream of becoming an Art educator. Her passion for the arts started at an early age and continues to grow and expand beyond traditional art practices and into music and dance as well. She believes art is what makes us truly human.
Ms. Mckenna will be graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh in spring of 2020 with her BFA-Bachelors of Fine Art with an emphasis in Art Education. She graduated from UW-Sheboygan in 2017 with her Associates of Arts and Sciences degree and from Rasmussen College with her ECE-Early Childhood Education degree in 2014.
Prior to achieving her dream of being an Art Educator, Ms. Mckenna has taught pre-kindergarten and worked with students of all ages since 2012. Her philosophy on art and education stems from her university education as well as her experience working at a Montessori school in Sheboygan. Ms. Mckenna believes students learn best when they are encouraged to use their imaginations, be creative, and get messy, all while developing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills for real-world contributions.