Abby Boykin is the visual arts teacher at Springfield Middle School.
Wilson County Schools
Abby Boykin is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.
Visual arts teacher at Springfield Middle School
First teaching position
Visual Arts Teacher at Corinth Holders High School, Wendell
Total number of years teaching
Meredith College and St. Clare’s, Oxford
“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” — George Bernard Shaw
Most memorable moment in your career
When a former student invited me to her senior fashion show featuring eight collections, and my husband and I had VIP seats. I just had no idea the difference I made in her life four years after she left my room. It was such a neat experience to know I had an influence on her future career.
What is your super power?
Creative immortality. It is amazing that with art, my students can produce timeless pieces. When treated with care, artwork can be around to tell their story and life for many years after they are no longer here. How cool is that?
Why do you teach?
It is innate within me. I cannot deny my passion to help others create! Helping others see how art connects to their lives is powerful. It is a universal language that we all can relate to. That is why I feel it is so important to connect with students through their work and find something that we have in common.