James Kitchen

Phone: (937) 667-8448 Ext. 2780

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. in Art Education Bowling Green State University M.Ed. in Administration Lamar University

James Kitchen

Teaching students hands on skills has been my passion for the last 22 years.  I had an interest in art at an early age and spent most of my free time creating images through drawing and painting.  While in school I kept creating art while balancing a variety of sports and activities. I continued my love for art and athletics at Bowling Green State University.  I was a member of the football team, majored in art education, and minored in art history. I really enjoyed developing art three dimensionally so I selected Sculpture as my concentration. Growing up in a small town I had the pleasure of working with a variety of tools, learning construction techniques, fixing a variety of broken machines, and developing problem solving skills.  Sculpting was a great fit for me. Some of my favorite materials to work with are wood, concrete, metal, and clay. Toward the end of my college career, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to student teach in Brazil and apprentice with a sculptor in Lithuania.  


I began my teaching career coaching football and teaching art to middle school students in Ohio.  After a few years, my wife and I moved to Texas and I began teaching art at the high school level.  I have served on a variety of committees including technology and curriculum, was a mentor teacher to students and student teachers, and a club advisor.  I served on a committee for an arts festival, started three nonprofit charities, and served as a department chair for an art department.  In 2014 we returned to Ohio.  We are thankful to be closer to family and friends and raise our children near them.


In 2016 I began teaching at Tippecanoe High School and implemented the tiny house building program within the Homebuilding classes.  Building tiny houses has given students at the high school opportunities to learn valuable life skills as well as skills they can utilize to begin careers in the trades.  Students get the chance to design, learn about, and build tiny homes that people can live in. The homes are usually around 8' wide, 13'6' high and anywhere from 10'-24' in length.  One home each year will be for sale. The other homes will be donated to veterans and first responders that take part in programs offered by Veteran's Ananda (NY).


I am very excited to begin my 4th year at Tippecanoe High School! I will teach Intro to Homebuilding & Advanced Homebuilding II each semester.  We will finalize working on the 2nd Tipp Tiny House so that it can be sold this fall! I look forward to working with students and helping them reach their goals!

 

To check out our Tipp Tiny House go to:

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