Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor Degree of Science from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (1998)



My name is Michael Lepore and I teach Art Education at Clement and Midway Elementary. I have been teaching in Sampson County for over 16 years. Art is my passion and I enjoy teaching art to my students. I believe that the arts are a major area of human cognition, one of the ways in which we know about the world and express our knowledge. Much of what is said in the arts cannot be said in another way. To withhold artistic means of understanding is as much a malpractice as to withhold mathematics, science, social studies, etc. Since schools traditionally develop only linguistic and logical/mathematical skills they are missing an enormous opportunity to develop the whole child. For example, students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. From music and dance to painting and sculpting, the arts allow us to explore new worlds and to view life from another perspective. The arts encourage students to sharpen their skills and abilities and to nurture their imagination and intellect.