Ms. Pam Cogburn, Visual Arts
I have had the privilege of teaching art to students at all grade levels, k-12 for over 25 years, and over 10 years at Renaissance. An artist, teacher, mother of two grown sons and a forever student, I love that I have a career that uses all my passions. Born in a small farming community my ancestors helped found over a hundred years ago, Gilcrest, Colorado was my home until I moved to Castle Rock. Once, after I explained my childhood to someone they told me I grew up freelance. At first I thought this comment negative, but after teaching at Renaissance I now realize this was a good thing. My sister and I were free to explore, grow, learn and commune with the world around making our childhood magical. Upon graduating from the same high school as my grandmother and dad, I continued my education at the University of Northern Colorado where I earned a BA in Fine Art Education. I eventually followed with a MS in Education from the University of New England and a MA in Gifted and Talented again from the University of Northern Colorado.
My daily teaching goals include preparing students for a successful life in the 21st Century while making their educational experience exciting, challenging, relevant and rewarding. I strive to create lessons that guide students toward knowing the joy found in learning to closely observe the world, uncover the interconnectedness of all things, discover inspiration, problem solve, be creative, be a craftsmen and give a best effort. It is my great hope that students always feel valued as individuals and that they develop a sense of pride and trust in who they are and how they fit into the world. I am fortunate to work at a place like Renaissance, which nurtures and supports these quests.