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May 2, 2014
By Rachel Sielaff, media relations assistant
The art room is where Hannah Hill and LeDonna McIntosh met and where their relationship developed.
“We got along really well,” said Hill, who was one of McIntosh’s painting students at Northwest. “She was really encouraging and energetic, which is something you don't always see with college professors. You could tell that she loved teaching.”
Two years later, Hill is graduating this spring from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in art education. This fall, she will begin her teaching career as the art teacher for the Nodaway-Holt R-7 School District in northwest Missouri. McIntosh is retiring as the school district’s art teacher at the end of this school year.
Last fall, Hill needed to decide where she wanted to student teach. She remembered McIntosh saying she was the art teacher for Nodaway-Holt, in addition to being an adjunct art instructor at Northwest.
“I felt honored when Hannah asked to student teach with me,” McIntosh said. “I enjoyed having her in my painting class and knew from that experience that being her cooperating teacher would be a successful venture. She takes her responsibilities very seriously and sets high expectations for herself and those around her. She cares about and tries to promote fairness in the interactions of students and colleagues.”
Hill felt fortunate she could student teach with someone she already knew.
“There were no awkward getting-to-know-each-other moments,” Hill said. “We sort of just hit the ground running. For me, Mrs. McIntosh has been the reason that my experience has gone so well. We are not only working together but we have a genuine friendship.”
Hill, a native of Odessa, transferred to Northwest after playing softball at North Central Missouri College. In addition to Northwest’s campus, Hill said she was attracted to the University because of a cooperative agreement with North Central that allows students to easily transfer academic credits.
“I’m happy I came to Northwest,” Hill said. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet, and become friends with members of the Maryville and Northwest communities. Another thing I like about Northwest are the small class sizes in the art and education departments, which allowed me to develop one-on-one relationships with many of my professors.”
Now, as the academic year finishes, Hill prepares to take over her mentor’s art room while McIntosh looks toward the future.
“Nodaway-Holt’s decision to hire Hannah to take over the art program has made the transition for both of us so much easier,” McIntosh said. “She knows what kind of curriculum my students have been exposed to and has had the opportunity to get to know the students and the communities. This will give her an advantage this fall as she begins to develop her own program and make the change an easier one for the students as well.”
McIntosh isn’t finished teaching art. This fall she will be a part-time art teacher at Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School and continue to be an adjunct art instructor at the University.
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