Vicky Powers is understandably happy to be the art teacher at Wiley Elementary School in Raleigh.
As noted in today's Midtown Raleigh News article, Powers loves the fact that the magnet program at Wiley allows the school to offer up to 30 different art electives. It's a big reason why Powers, who was named the N.C. Art Education Association's 2008-09 Elementary Educator of the Year, has no plans to leave Wiley.
It also helps highlights the advantages that magnet schools have over non-magnet schools.
Powers said it's possible for students to take an art elective all throughout the school year.
Art isn't even the main reason that students apply to Wiley's International Studies magnet program. The school offers five different foreign languages, including ones not found at most elementary schools such as Chinese, German and Japanese.
Located on St. Mary's Street near St. Mary's School, Wiley's enrollment this year is 48 percent magnet, 30 percent base, 16 percent other and 5 percent transfer students.