WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (4/10/13) - Many of the lessons I learned in elementary school have served me throughout my life. The one I have probably used most frequently was taught to me in art class, by then Providence art teacher Anthony Dotson. That lesson being primary colors and which ones you mix to make new colors. Most recently I used it at Vacation Bible School when the only colors the kids had to finish their projects were the primary colors.
In recent years, arts and humanities, like many other areas, have been drastically cut by the Kentucky Department of Education. But thanks to one long time educator, Webster County children are still getting the chance to learn about art.
Anthony Dotson was allotted 25 days this school year to teach art to as many students as he could reach. Those days must be split up amongst all of the schools in the district.
“This program is funded through Trojan Academy,” Dotson said. “They gave me 12 days to start the year, and then they found the funding for 12 more. Then the Webster County Board found an extra day that allows me to work at the Alternative School.”
Dotson’s primary duties are to go to all of the schools and work with students on hands-on projects so they each get extra time studying arts and humanities. This alleviates some of the pressure off of the other teachers, who must spend more of their time focused on the core subjects.
“The projects I do help enhance what the teachers do in the classroom,” he explained.
Although he considers himself to be from Providence, Dotson grew up in Christian County. His father was an US Army officer stationed there, and his mother was a Hopkinsville native.
“I always thought of myself as a big city person,” he said. “I was going to go into the commercial field, but I did a year of student teaching and loved it. Then I came to Providence and fell in love with the small town ‘Mayberry’ experience. This town has been very good to me.”
Anthony Dotson has been retired since 2007. He began and ended his full time teaching career in the Providence Independent School System, where he worked for 30 years. When the merger process with Webster County began, he took that opportunity to retire, but he didn’t stay inactive. The following year he worked a half day at Webster County High School teaching art.
He has one son, Octavious Dotson, and four grandchildren.
J-E News Editor
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