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CKS welcomes art teacher

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By Ceday Key School Journalism Class

After several years without an artist regularly on campus, Cedar Key School will now have an art teacher a couple of days a week.

Paula Willis, the new art instructor, arrived on campus Sept. 26.

In addition to teaching art to elementary school grades, she will also be the ELP — or gifted — teacher at CKS and will be at the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until January; she’ll be on campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays thereafter.

CKS Principal Joshua Slemp is also working on including art for middle school students.

On days WIllis is not in Cedar Key, she will be teaching in Yankeetown.

Before transferring to CKS, Ms. Willis taught art at Williston High School, and before that taught art at Leon County High School in Tallahassee. She said she was "ecstatic" to be in Cedar Key and that teaching the younger students would be a welcome change after years of working exclusively with high schoolers.

What surprised Willis the most about becoming a CKS Shark was the warm welcome she received when she arrived on Tuesday morning, especially the hugs from the youngest students.