Charleston teacher invited to National Gallery of Art summer institute

The Charleston County School District recently announced that Murray-LaSaine Elementary School (MLES) Megan Minchener was accepted to the Teacher Institute at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. this summer.


Only 50 teachers are invited to the National Gallery of Art seminar every year.   File photo

Murray-LaSaine Elementary School teacher Megan Minchener has been accepted to the Teacher Institute at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. this summer.

“I am honored to be accepted into the Teacher Institute and to represent Charleston County School District and Murray-LaSaine Elementary,” Minchener said. “As a Montessori teacher, I like to share experiences and art history with my students. This opportunity is going to prepare me to teach my students about art from the Renaissance.”

Only 50 teachers nationwide are invited to the seminar every year. These teachers come together to strengthen their art history knowledge; they also learn how to integrate visual art into classroom teaching. The program, which is aimed at K-12 teachers, features lectures, gallery tours, teaching strategies and hands-on learning experiences.

"At Murray-LaSaine, we pride ourselves on being life-long learners and know that it's important to never stop learning,” Principal Meredith Wallace said. “Our teachers and staff exemplify this. Megan learned about an opportunity in Washington, D.C. to learn more about art during the Renaissance, applied for the program, and was accepted. We are excited for her to have this opportunity to travel, spend time in our nation's capital, and learn more about Renaissance art.”

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