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Mr. Dawson

Hello, my name is James Dawson and I teach art class at Baum Elementary.  I am a Decatur native and have been working in Decatur Public Schools for 12 years.   My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Eastern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Millikin University.   Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my nine-year-old son.   We enjoy bike riding, kayaking, building Lego, and traveling to new places.   Our favorite places to travel are National Park across the USA. Art has always been a positive outlet in my life, and I love to share that passion with young learners.   I am very excited to have the opportunity to teach the students of Baum and feed off their creativity.  Be sure to keep those eyes peeled for all of the wonderfully creative work that your students bring home and I hope you enjoy it.