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Donna Pence is a career teacher , she has taught every grade level from K- 12 and currently teaches the Visual Art PD classes for the Salt Lake School District Elementary classroom teachers, as well as the Visual Arts class at East High School.
Donna has a BFA with an emphasis in 3D design from the University of
Utah, a Masters of Education from Utah State, and endorsements and cer- tifications in AP Studio Art, ESL, and Commercial Art.
She is a professional glass artist and has completed public art commissions for locations across the Salt Lake Valley. Her work is also shown at galler- ies and in private collections. She was invited to attend Microsoft’s Inno- vative Educator Forum in Washington State; provided ornaments for the National Christmas tree in D.C., and worked with students to produce mu- rals for the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City. Her community projects
can be seen throughout Utah.
“Visual art education is about ideas, creative solutions, inventive expres- sions, and encouraging others to see the world’s possibilities. How do you assess that?” – this quote led Donna to look at her assessments very differently. She started building the learning assessment into the struc-
ture of the assignment by having students document the process of their work with design walls or digital presentations. The successful student
can make meaningful connections between a work of art and the life of
the artist. They research and seek out information, an