Degrees and Certifications:
Associates of Art: Fine Arts Bachelors of Fine Arts, Photography & Graphic Design Masters of Secondary Education with Fine Arts Emphasis AA Certified: Visual Arts K-12
Ms. Faith Barnett
Starting at a young age, I found that painting, sculpting, and photography were positive outlets during good and tough times. I was enrolled into the Janice Wyatt Summer Art Program at Delta State University at age thirteen, and from that moment on, I was focused on creating art in an effort to finid my voice.
I grew up in various small towns around the Mississippi Delta and attended a very small private school where art was not an included in any of our courses. I knew I wanted to be an artist, so after graduation, I gained a full scholarship to Mississippi Delta Community College with the Ambassadors Show Choir Program. During my two years of MDCC, I took every art class I could fit into my schedule. I was inspired by the ebb and flow of creative people around me.
I graduated MDCC in 2007 with an Associates of Fine Arts Degree tucked under my arm. I was ready for more. After a few years of learning and growing, I finally found my home at Delta State University. I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors of Fine Art with emphasis in photography and graphic design. I started a photography business right after gradution and began to feel like I hadn't learned enough. A month before my daughter was born, I was accepted into the Graduate Program at Delta State University. After 45 research papers and essays, 1500 cups of coffee, and what feels like 700 nights that never ended, I graduated with my Masters of Secondary Education with an Empahsis in Fine Arts.
I was hired immediately after graduation in the town I was living at the local middle school. I taught at D.M. Smith Middle School from December to May of 2016. The following school year, the public schools in Cleveland, Mississippi consolidated to become Cleveland Central. In 2017, I began teaching digital media arts at Cleveland Central Middle School where the students learned about finding their own voices with the creative outlets of digital technology. At the end of 2018 school year, I was recognized for Outstanding Facilitation of Rigor and Relavance in the classroom.
In June of 2018, I moved with my daughter (now five) to Oxford, Mississippi. Currently, I am in my 1st full year of teaching Art I at South Panola High School where the students are learning to find their own voices through the act of creation and collaboration.
In 2017, three of my students recieved awards with the Delta Arts Alliance for their photography work. In one month that same year, I was recognized at Artist in Residence of the Month.