Simmons keeps arts flowing in Roswell schools

February 22, 2014 • Local News

Creative Learning Center Director Cindy Simmons discusses her education career on Wednesday. Simmons has been director of the CLC since 2008. (Randal Seyler Photo)

Cindy Simmons is more than just an educator — she’s an advocate of the arts, and the moving force behind the Roswell Independent School District’s Creative Learning Center.

As director of the CLC, Simmons oversees a group of 10 teachers who spend their days traveling between the district’s 12 elementary and middle schools, bringing art education to Roswell’s children.

“We want our children to experience creativity and we want them to have an authentic artistic experience,” Simmons said.

To that end, the Creative Learning Center is part teaching lab, part art supply warehouse, and totally unique.

The mission of the Elementary Arts Integration Program, “Arts Connect,” is to enhance learning for students from kindergarten to the sixth grade and their teachers through opportunities for creative growth in dance, music, theater, and visual arts.

Ten certified teachers endorsed in performing arts and visual arts provide weekly 45-minute lessons to all the elementary school children as well as sixth-grade students, Simmons said. The CLC also Login to read more

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