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Aim of art teacher is to help students succeed

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George Conley

Name: George Conley  

School and subjects taught: Art Foundations and Advanced Art

College degree and major: BFA in Art Education, K-12 Endorsement

Years teaching: 13

Why do you teach? To help kids succeed

Personal motto / words of wisdom: Success belongs to those who see an opportunity and make something happen. Work smarter not harder. Plus: “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves” — Sir Edmund Hillary

Family: My wife, Lisa; sons, Daniel and Colter; our dogs, Flash and Koda; and our cats, Jitters and Smokey.

Pet peeve: Excessive greed

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Hiking, mountain biking, photography, pottery, studying early American history — especially the Lewis and Clark Expedition — NASCAR, football, baseball and music.

Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: I’d like to meet Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and ask them how it felt to accomplish the impossible.

Why Payson? Because I can’t afford to live in Telluride.

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? My first year of college in California, where my communications teacher, Randy Fujisan taught me how special life is and how to enjoy it.

What was your favorite subject in school and why? Chandler High School had a great ceramics program and Mr. Pace was an awesome teacher who taught me everything there is to know about working with clay. Those classes and that teacher are one of the main reasons I decided to become an art teacher. Working with clay was and still is a blast.

What was your favorite year in school and why? My last year at the University of Arizona, because I was finally out of there!

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