Janice  Gould

Art – Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Chicago, Illinois
Total years as a classroom teacher: 27

“A teacher can inspire children to want to learn, unlocking their
creative potential and guiding them to want to participate in the
educational process.” – Janice Gould

One of the schools Janice Gould observed during her student teaching
was Lawrence Hall. Lawrence Hall is a residential school for abused,
neglected and abandoned children, most of which are inner city youth.

She believes that students who experience success in art will gain
hope for their future. It can change their self image from one of
incompetence to competence. This confidence will not only be present in
their school environment, but also through the tough personal growth
they have in front of them.

Gould initiated projects in which her students’ art work is produced
into holiday and note cards, school calendars, and a school yearbook.
These peojects provide “refrigerator doors” to demonstrate her pride in
her pupils’ creations and accomplishments.

She submits her students’ work to numerous art contests, one being
the city of Chicago’s vehicle sticker. In the last six years, her
students have placed 2nd or 3rd. This year one of her students was the
first place winner out of 400 entries.

She and her students began the “Permanent Children’s Art Collection”
for the Illinois State Board of Education. The purpose of this permanent
exhibit is to serve as an inspiration to keep art programs in our
schools and to demonstrate what special-needs children can create when
given the proper environment to flourish.

“Janice has helped her students to accomplish dreams they themselves
thought were unattainable. Through art, she has opened the door of
opportunity to hundreds of her students. They have seen their work
recognized at state, regional, and national competitions.”–Shari
Demitrowicz, Principal, Therapeutic Day School

“There were times in my life when I felt like my world was turning
upside down. Then, there she was with a pencil and a piece of paper. I
did not know what she meant, but gradually I began to understand as my
drawing skills emerged. (She) kept telling me I could do it. The first
time I won a contest, it made me start to believe in myself and that I
could do more things.” –Lakeysha Dunn, Student

“Janice rescues kids. She believes in them, helps them find their
talents, opens the world to them and presents them to the world. Again
and again, her students’ art is displayed in the public arena, and they
receive the appreciation and recognition that allows them to triumph
over personal adversity and narrow horizons.”–Penny A. Lundquist,
Director of the Golden Apple Academy



Northwestern University


Computer Graphics Classes


Teaching Certification


Northeastern University


Trinity College


Roosevelt University, Bachelor of Arts in Art


The Art Institute of Chicago


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Teaching Experience

1975 – present

Lawrence Hall Youth Services


Deerfield/Highland Park High School District #113

Special Recognition


Exceptional Teachers Award and Honorary Chairperson for the 41st Annual Exceptional Children’s Week


Invited to serve on Illinois State Board of Education’s “Accountability and Quality Assurance Team” for a public school

1995 – present

Established permanent Children’s Art Collection for the Illinois State Board of Education


Awarded “Mural Grant” from Very Special Arts, Illinois


Golden Apple Teaching Award


Kohl International Teaching Award


Initiated into Northwestern University’s Phi Delta Kappa, Professional Education Fraternity


One of ten finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year


Appointed “Lead Teacher” for the vocational department


Lawrence Hall’s Teacher of the Year Award