Located in Western Maine, Iva Damon is in her thirteenth year teaching high school visual arts. While at Leavitt Area High School, Iva thrives on teaching foundations courses, instructing in a mixture of traditional and nontraditional fine arts courses. Students are often exploring in and outside the classroom with a focus on student choice and place-based themes. Students are challenged to explore and connect with where they live and why place matters to them personally. Iva went to the University of Maine and earned her Masters in Art Education at Boston University, but has yet to end her continuing education; she has earned certificates in content literacy, gifted and talented, and is working towards one currently in educational leadership. Living in Western Maine, she enjoys coaching snowshoeing in the winter with Leavitt’s Special Olympics and spending summers puttering in her garden and exploring at the coast with her two children.
Matt Johnson has been teaching at Westbrook High School for 11 years where he teaches courses in traditional and digital media along with photography and yearbook. He has been part of the MAEA for 13 years since he was a
student at USM. He has served on the board of the MAEA for 8 years and has been treasurer for almost 7. Matt has his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern Maine in Painting and Education with a minor in Asian Studies. He also has a certificate of advance study in Business of Craft Brewing from the University of Vermont. He prefers to work behind the scenes for school and MAEA events a like, but has presented several times during spring conferences, technology workshops and other events including a photography lecture in Archangel Russia. When he is not teaching or balancing books, you can find him building, brewing or getting into other mischief with his 7
year old daughter.