Degrees and Certifications:

Certifications: Art (Grades EC-12) Special Education (Grades EC-12) Degrees: MA in Art History - University of Nebraska, Lincoln BA in Professional Art - Doane College, NE

Ms. Paula Rotschafer

Hello! I teach Art 1 at Harris Middle School! I hold a BA in Professional Art from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and an MA in Art History (with an emphasis in 19th Century American Art) from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. I am certified in Art and Special Education. This is my third year teaching at Harris. Prevously, I served three different elementary schools in a Maryland school district. Before that, I was an instructor for an after-school art program at several schools between San Francisco and Sacramento, CA. 

I enjoy camping, hiking, cozy gaming on my Nintendo Switch, and exploring the world through food, history, and the arts. As a professional artist, I work in with a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencil. I specialize in pet portraits but also spend a lot of time doodling weird and spooky stuff. I am an Air Force military spouse and mother to one extremely spunky 7-year-old. We share our home with two beautiful rescue dogs--April (a cattle dog/boston terrier/pitbull/husky/who-knows-what-else super mutt) and BMO (a boxer/GSD/pit bull mix). 

My classroom is all about inclusion, artistic growth, and the development of visual literacy. Being "good" at art is not a requirement! Middle School Art 1 is meant to be a "sampler platter" of all that art has to offer. My students will be introduced to a wide range of methods, processes, art history, and media. 

Please click the links below to learn about required art materials, my classroom management plan, and my food, drink and cellphone policy.

My Daily Schedule

  • 1st Period: 8:25 - 9:14 (Conference)

    2nd Period: 9:18 - 10:04

    3rd Period: 10:08 - 10:54

    4th Period: 10:58 - 11:44

    B Lunch: 11:47 - 12:17

    5th Period: 12:21 - 1:07

    6th Period: 1:11 - 1:57

    7th Period: 2:01 - 2:47

    8th Period: 2:51 - 3:40