All children should receive an education in visual arts. Not only does it allow children to develop their artistic talents, but it is also a means to develop other abilities and characteristics such as creative thinking, problem-solving, accountability, relationship building, communication, adaptability, confidence, and self-discipline.

For many years, St. Mary Catholic School has had a well-respected and award winning visual arts education program, under the supervision of Mrs. Nancy Rendall, who retired last year. Principal, Denise Willingham, is proud to announce that Mrs. Cindy Claybar has joined the St. Mary Catholic School staff as the new art teacher.

Mrs. Claybar brings with her a true passion for art, a great love of children, and a dedication to the teaching profession. Mrs. Claybar actually began her teaching career at St. Mary Catholic School over 35 years ago. Her husband and her children attended St. Mary Catholic School, and now her grandson, Carter, is currently a fifth grade student at the school.

Mrs. Claybar looks forward to meeting her new students and plans to begin working on some exciting new art projects right away. Parents are encouraged to stop by the art room to introduce themselves and their child to Mrs. Claybar, and to welcome her back to the St. Mary Catholic School staff.

St. Mary Catholic School, located in Orange, is currently open for enrollment for students in Pre-K 3 through 8th Grade. The school was founded in 1924 and continues its proud tradition of “Excellence in Education” by offering an advanced curriculum within a caring and disciplined Christian environment. For information about the school or to schedule a tour call 883-8913.

Pictured are Carter and Cindy Claybar