Art teacher Ms. Nancy Poinsett has been chosen once again as Teacher of the Year for Milford Middle School (MMS) , her fourth time receiving the honor. Becoming an art teacher at MMS 23 years ago was very easy for Ms. Poinsett, as her love for art started at an early age with drawing and keeping busy with creative activities.
“That was much to a delight to my parents since I could entertain myself for hours,” said Ms. Poinsett.
Her artistic expression increased through high school, leading her to pursue an arts education in college. At the time, Longwood College, which was an all-female college, was known for training teachers for the future.
“Although Longwood was never known for its art department, they provided me with invaluable instruction and studio experience that has served me well in my teaching career,” said Ms. Poinsett. “I will always be grateful for my art instructors for their knowledge and passion for the arts. They were wonderful role models.”
Ms. Poinsett’s love for the arts not only inspired her to become an art teacher but it has sparked her students to pursue a visual arts pathway as well. Blanca Sandoval, now a Milford High senior, remembers Ms. Poinsett’s classes from middle school.
“Ms. Poinsett was such a good teacher,” said Sandoval. “She inspired me to take sculpture classes. I also loved the different projects we got to do.”
Ms. Poinsett attended grades 1 through 12 in the Harrington School District, now called Lake Forest District, and graduated from Harrington High School in 1967. After graduating high school, she then attended Longwood College, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Art Education in 1971. In 1992, she earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Delaware State College.
Before teaching at MMS, Ms. Poinsett started teaching in 1972 for Prince Edward County School in Virginia where she taught for five years. She began working at MMS in 1986 as a substitute before she became an art teacher for grades 4 through 8 at MMS the following school year. After fourth grade moved out of the building, she remained to teach grades 5 through 8 until fifth grade was relocated. The middle school will again be relocated and the students, as well as Ms. Poinsett, will move to Milford Central Academy next year.
“Yes, Transition has always been a part of MMS,” exclaimed Poinsett. “Now, as we prepare to move to the Central Academy, we will be entering a new phase and are looking forward to reuniting with many of our former eighth grade teachers as we work together to create an amazing staff.”