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Naomi Barak
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: I believe true comfort is family. I have always surrounded myself with family and when I too far from loud, bustling dinners or it's too late for chatty phone calls then their images serve as a substitutes. My family passed down to me a multi-layered culture. It is a nomadic culture that I embrace however with each generation reestablishing life in a new country, I wonder what I can call myself. I sense my parents' nostalgia on Sunday phone calls to Israel. I often feel homesick for a place that I do not call home. The religion in part seems like an extension of culture. It is a way to share traditions, the history of ancestors, morals, food, song and stories. As a child, when I asked what my name meant the only way English translation my parents could find was "warmth and comfort". Names, like homes, are what we make them, but somehow I sense my name has fit from the start. Initially painting portraits of my family members enabled me to reassemble memories. With these acts of mapping out patterns, layering and building up strokes of paint, I have gotten a chance to mediate on my roots and discover my place in all of it. As an artist I continue to discover who I am and as a teacher I assist my students in doing the same for themselves. Teaching in an East New York public school has given me a chance to meet students from diverse backgrounds. On any given day one can walk into my classroom and find a high school student painting a piece about their experience leaving family in Ecuador for a new and strange American life or another student designing a building for their community. I haven't failed to learn something new each of day of the last four years that I have been teaching art and I hope that will continue.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Naomi Barak
Nbarak@schools.nyc.gov
Nbarak1@gmail.com

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS:

• Certifications: Massachusetts Teaching Certification, New York Teaching Certification
• Education: Completed five-year Masters of Arts in Teaching/ B.A. Studio Art and Art History degree, French minor
• Teaching Experience: Four years of experience in teaching, tutoring and supervising children through both volunteer work and student teaching.
• Practicing Artist: Enduring dedication to creating art. Mediums include oil painting, printmaking and drawing. Received highest honors in senior art thesis show showcasing my connection to heritage and family.

AREAS OF TEACHING PROFICIENCY:

• Assessment Tools
• Technology Integration
• Reading and Writing Strategies
• Multidisciplinary Lesson Plans and Strategies
• Individualized Educational Plans
• English Language Learning Support
• Differentiated Learning Strategies
• UbD curriculum


EDUCATION:

2007-2008 Masters of Arts in Teaching May 2008
Middle and Secondary Art Education
Clark University Worcester, MA. G.P.A. 4.0

Relevant Coursework:

• Literacy Across the Curriculum
• Culture, Language and Education
• Human Development and Learning

• Ways of Knowing in the Arts
• The complexities of Urban Schooling
• Best Practice Summer Institute

2003-2007 Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Studio Art Cum Laude
Clark University Worcester, MA
G.P.A. 3.39, Dean List, First and Second Honors Junior and Senior year

1999-2003 Midwood High School Brooklyn, New York

EMPLOYMENT:

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
2008- High School Art Teacher
Cypress Hills Collegiate Prep Brooklyn, NY
September 2008- Present
Classes: 9th through 12th grade Art Classes Average Class size: 28
11th and 12th grade Graphic Design
12th grade Latin American and Caribbean Art
Advisory Class
• Develops and Implements art curriculum to meet the needs of C.H.C.P. students.
• Works with administration, 12th grade staff, parents and students as 12th grade lead teacher.
• Runs art club and yearbook.
• Connects students with outside resources and art opportunities in New York.

2007-2008 Middle and High School Student Art Teacher
Claremont Academy at the Accelerated Learning Lab Worcester, MA
September 2007- May 2008
Classes: Two Middle School Art Enrichment Classes Average Class size: 25
Two High School Graphic Design Classes
• Designed and Implemented conceptually driven art curriculum.
• Tailored material to meet the needs of individuals of all learning background, I.E.P.’s and E.L.L.
• Guided student in a multidisciplinary and diverse exploration of the arts.
• Reflected continuously upon practice and assessed student understanding to maximize student learning.
• Facilitated learning through a variety of learning strategies: including whole group, individual, group work, and discovery workshops to develop a learning community and promote a variety of learning strengths.
• Assessed student performance in a range of manners, from low stake, anecdotal records, whole
group critiques and student-teacher conferencing.
• Created a sequential, expressive and challenging middle school art curriculum.
• Referred to and met all the Massachusetts’s State Frameworks in Art Education.
• Designed and enforced a clear management plan to enable student learning and social growth.

2006-2007 Intern, Worcester Art Museum Education Department
September 2006- May 2007
• Gained insight into the workings of Art Museum Education, making art more accessible.
• Actively participating and working within the Worcester Art community such as stART on the street, an art fair.
• Reviewing applications for the Outreach program and contacting parents and students for scholarship opportunities.
• Assisting and shadowing art classes, from ages five to seventeen.
• Front Desk office work, including art class registration.

2003 Volunteer and Observer, Claremont Academy
• Reflective experience examining the instruction within a high school graphic design class.
• Analysis of student learning within the arts.
• Support through discussion of student work.

2003-2005 Volunteer, St. Peter’s Church
September – May; yearly, twice a week
• Supervised and mentored a group, four to fifteen children, ranging in ages from four to ten while their parents took an ESL class.
• Gained insight to the lives and challenges of students coming from immigrant families.
• Provided help with homework.
• Worked towards maintaining a safe place for self-expression and having fun.
• Organized games and art materials and projects.

ART STUDIO/ GALLERY EXPERIENCE:

2006-2007 Intern, Traina Gallery
• Involved in curating university art exhibitions
• Planed shows, prepared the gallery, hung artwork, set up lighting and ran gallery openings with a small gallery team.

2002 (Summer) Internship with Bridget Parris
• Looked into the world of a working contemporary artist and designer.
• Gained Experience preserving prints and scanning images into Photoshop to create an online portfolio.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2003-2006 Mailroom Employee, Clark University Mail Room
• Work-study job which taught responsibility and organization.
• Experience involved sorting packages, letters and customer relations.

2006 (Summer) Cashier at Union Market
Brooklyn, NY
• Acquired a number of job skills running a high-end grocery store, doing everything from cashiering, to customer service to maintaining product display.

ADDITIONAL SKILLS:

Language: Verbally fluent in Hebrew, fully fluent in French.
Technical: Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Illustrator. Painter X. Versed in both PC and Apple Programs.







 








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