Degrees and Certifications:
BFA-Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Art/Graphic Design MAT-Master of Arts in Teaching K-12 Art Certification
Mrs. Julie Gemes
My name is Julie Gemes. I took art classes all four years in high school and even took some independent study classes. I graduated from Warsaw High School in 1999. I knew that I wanted to do something in the art field after high school so I pursued my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Commercial Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design at Central Missouri State University (Now University of Central Missouri) in Warrensburg and graduated in 2003. During my time at UCM I married my high school sweetheart Scott Gemes (Former Otterville Principal). The year of my graduation Scott was offered a teaching job back in our small hometown of Warsaw and as you can imagine there was not a big demand for commercial artists there. So, the following year I worked as a substitute teacher at Warsaw High School. For part of that time I was a long term sub for Math classes while another teacher was out on maternity leave. The next year I worked as a paraprofessional at John Boise Middle School in Warsaw working with Special Education Reading and Math classes. I had been out of the education field and in banking for several years before I realized that I was not happy doing what I was doing, so I decided to go back to school and pursued my Master of Arts in Teaching and alternative certification in K-12 Art (Completed August 2014). This was a very busy time because by this time Scott and I had our son, Logan (Now a Freshman Otterville Student). When Scott accepted an administration position in Marshall, MO, we moved there and I took my first K-12 Art teaching position at Breckenridge, MO in 2013. During my two years of commuting to Breckenridge I also was responsible for traveling to two other K-8 schools Kingston and Cowgill one afternoon per week to teach all of their students as well. I was also the yearbook advisor and newspaper editor at Breckenridge. I enjoyed working with the kids at these three schools, but it was very hard to be so far away from my family. We were very excited to have the opportunity to come to Otterville in 2015. It was nice to work in such a great family environment with Scott as Principal for five years, me as Art teacher, and Logan as a student all in the same building. Scott has now moved on to become the Superintendent at Prairie Home. I believe that every student is an artist. I hope to help each of my students become more comfortable trying new things so they can improve their skills and become even better artists. I hang art in the hallways throughout the year and will be keeping a lot of the artwork in individual portfolios until later in the year in order to have multiple pieces from each student to choose from to hang in an art show.