Cassie Stephens

Cassie Stephens
I’ve taught art for the last 20 something years, y’all. I’ve learned a lot about art teacherin’, art makin’ and finding a happy balance between the two. I’m here to share my ups, downs and what works best for me and my awesome artists.

35: Dealing with Bullies in Your School
Oct 13 • 28 min
Oh, lawd. And we thought junior high was over. Wrong! Do you encounter bullying in your school? How do you deal with it? Today I’m sharing my experiences with bullies and how I’ve dealt with it over the years.
34: Time to Take Your Creative Vitamins
Oct 2 • 23 min
You guys…just a couple of things: don’t you ever do as I did. Don’t you ever just laser focus on teaching and neglect your creative self. We are ALL creatives. Time to carve out time for you. A happy person makes for a happy teacher, the one your students…
33: How to Make Clean Up Time in the Art Room FUN!
Sep 22 • 29 min
Because, let’s face it, sometimes clean up time is the opposite of fun, especially for you, the teacher. But I’ll be sharing a little audio of my clean up routine with my students and the tips and tricks that work for me…most days. I hope you enjoy!
32: Evaluations Are a Crock, Just So You Know
Sep 16 • 27 min
No disrespect, I’m just laying it all out there in this episode. Take a listen cuz, you are MORE THAN AN EVALUATION SCORE.
31: So You Wanna Host a Student Teacher, Do Ya?
Sep 16 • 24 min
You sure about that? Cuz the start of an art teacher’s career kinda depends on it. I’m going to share with you my top five tips to taking on a student teacher…and you’ll hear why I don’t do it anymore.
30: Surviving Lonely Island Syndrome
Sep 2 • 16 min
I spent the first seven years of my teaching career lonely. No one ever tells you just how difficult life can be when you don’t have people to turn to, lean on or talk to. In this episode, I’ll be sharing how you can get off that lonely island…and how…
29: Top Five Tips to Taming the Kindergarten Creature
Sep 2 • 20 min
Ah, kindergarten. We teachers seem to struggle the most with this magical group of artists. In this podcast episode, I’ll be sharing my tips to having fun, laughter and success with the most magical artists of them all. Enjoy!
28: First Day(s) of Art with Kindergarten
Sep 2 • 26 min
BRACE YOURSELF! Kindergarten is coming! And they are not to be fooled with, y’all. I EASE my kindergarten into the rules and routines of art class on the very first day. My focus is to get them creating and having fun. In this episode, I’ll give you a…
27: Top Five Tips to Landing That Teacherin’ Job!
Aug 25 • 26 min
It’s time. It’s time you found a job that was worthy of your amazing and awesome self. So, what’s stopping you? Lemme throw in my top five tips for landing that gig.
26: Surviving Student Teaching
Aug 25 • 23 min
It may have been 22 years ago but it feels like yesterday. Here are my tips for surviving your student teaching experience…and, cooperating teachers, a little perspective for you!
25: Dear Cassie…Questions and Answers!
Aug 25 • 20 min
This is my first go round of Dear Cassie…a chance for me to chat with you and attempt to answer your questions…about anything! I hope to get a little faster at answering questions in the future so I can chat with more of you. If you have a question for…
24: Top Ten Classroom Management Hacks!
Aug 18 • 29 min
Last week I shared with y’all my Happy/Sad board which is easily my favorite classroom management hack. This week, I took a look around my art room and came up with my Top Ten Classroom Management Hacks to share with you! Here you go!
23: You are a Buried Treasure
Aug 18 • 23 min
The idea for this episode struck me the other day when I was out for a walk. We spend so much of our lives burying our true self and identity to fit in with school rules, society, our peers. We do it to conform to our family’s wishes…but at some point,…
22: Painting with Children
Aug 18 • 32 min
This week, I began my second week of school and my third art class with my students. I introduced them to tempera painting! In this episode, I am sharing my favorite supplies for tempera painting with kids; how I set up my room and tables; what our very…
21: Discovering Your Personal Happiness!
Aug 11 • 29 min
The journey to happiness is just that…a journey. Sometimes it’s even an uphill battle. However, I have discovered some things you can do to make finding your happiness a whole lot easier. I’m excited to share it with you today. Here’s to our HAPPINESS!
20: What They Didn’t Teach You in College
Aug 11 • 25 min
Oh boy. Were my first 20 years of teaching art a shocker ;) Good thing I’m going into year 21 and now kinda know what I’m doing. Some days. Occasionally. Okay, often never. But I have learned many a thing along the way and it’s a whole buncha stuff that I…
19: What My First Day Teaching Art REALLY Was Like
Aug 11 • 28 min
Okay. Y’all know that podcast episode I shared titled “W.E.L.C.O.M.E.”? Well…that’s what I would ideally like my very first day(s) of art class to be like. BUT I decided to change things up this year and I think you might be surprised just what I did.…
18: Setting Up Your Art Room
Aug 4 • 31 min
In this LONG podcast (sorry!), I’ll be walking you through how I set up my art room from start to finish. I’ll also be sharing some ideas for you if you are in a portable as I once was or if you are on a cart. Decorating your room should take a backseat…
17: Getting Out of Your Creative Slump
Aug 4 • 20 min
After college, I fell into a deep creative slump that lasted 7 years. It sucked! When I finally decided to work my way out of it, I had no idea what I wanted to create! I have a habit of putting a lot of hurdles in my creative path…that I used to just let…
16: The Three C’s of Classroom Management
Aug 4 • 24 min
What are they? In my wild and wacky art room, my three C’s of classroom management might surprise you. I’m gonna chat with you on how to gauge your classes to tell just what management tool they need for a successful class.
15: The Easiest Classroom Management Tool You’ll Ever Use
Jul 27 • 24 min
There are exactly one trillion fancy, cute and colorful ways to manage your art room. I love them all but cannot for the life of me maintain any of them. Instead, I got one little thing that’s cheap and easy (like me in high school) that works fabulously…
14: Consequences in the Art Room
Jul 27 • 27 min
Lookie, here y’all. When those sweet little artists disregard your rules and routines, the very ones you’ve established to help you create this beautiful masterpiece of an art room for said sweet little artists, then it’s time to talk consequences. They…
13: Why Our Students Misbehave
Jul 27 • 20 min
Okay, so that title is a bit misleading as there are MANY reasons as to why our students might be misbehaving in our class. But I have managed to whittle it down to my top four. Our students might be misbehaving and disregarding our rules and routines…
12: So You Wanna Write a Book, Huh?
Jul 21 • 20 min
My second book, Stitch and String Lab for Kids comes out on July 23rd! I’m so excited about it. I’ve learned many things on my book writing journey…and one of them is that many folks have the desire to write a book too. I know it was on my bucket list in…
Ep.11: Using Your WHY to Create Your RULES
Jul 21 • 23 min
For years I just borrowed rules from other art teachers and classroom teachers without giving much thought to what I wanted mine to be. Rules are the broad brush strokes of the art room masterpiece you are trying to create for your students. What should…
10: Routines in the Art Room: W.E.L.C.O.M.E.
Jul 21 • 31 min
ROUTINES, y’all! In my art room, my routines are the key to my sanity. In this episode, I’ll share some nightmarish stories from my first year teaching where I thought RULES were where it’s at. Did you know there’s a difference between Rules and Routines?…
9: The Biggest Secret about Being an Artist and an Art Teacher
Jul 11 • 21 min
I spent year and I do mean YEARS discovering this answer to this secret…and I am excited to share it with you. Mostly because I don’t want you to lose years from your art teacherin’ and art makerin’ career not knowing what I know to be true. Take a…
8: Discovering Your WHY
Jul 11 • 23 min
This is my first ever MAKE AND TAKE kind of podcast! I encourage you to grab some a sheet of paper, some markers and pull up a chair. We are going to be working our way through some very serious questions that will hopefully help you discover your WHY.…
7: My Experience on Nailed It!
Jul 11 • 26 min
Since being on Season 3, Episode 3 of the Netflix show Nailed It!, I’ve gotten a ton of questions. What was it like? How was I chosen? Is Wes really as hot in person as he is on the show? (DUH. YES.) I decided to wrangle all of these questions up and do…
6: Discovering Your Art Teacherin’ Identity
Jun 29 • 17 min
Discovering who you are as a person is a lifelong journey, I think. Discovering who you are as an art teacher is similarly difficult. In this episode, we’re gonna chat about all the things that make up your art teacherin’ DNA and define you, and ONLY you,…
5: The Piano Story
Jun 29 • 15 min
Warning: this story is not appropriate for young listeners or anyone sensitive to adult content. I mean, I don’t cuss or anything (surprise!) but this is a completely NOT art teacherin’ episode and strictly for fun and laughs. This story is one I tell to…
4: What Teachers without Children of their Own Want You to Know
Jun 29 • 26 min
I’ve been contemplating sharing this episode with you for a long time. This episode was very difficult for me to talk about and share but I truly felt like there were somethings that I needed to say. This episode may not be appropriate for younger…
3: You’re Hired! Now WHAT?!
Jun 19 • 21 min
Congratulations! Whether you’ve landed a new art teacherin’ gig or your very first…OR you are just looking to revamp and reorganize your art room, have I got an episode for you! I’ll walk you through all the mistakes I made when landing the job at my…
2: Is this IT?!
Jun 19 • 21 min
After 7 years into art teacherin’, I hit a wall. You could call it depression, burnout, the 7 year itch…I called it frightening. I started to ask myself “is this IT?!” Am I going to spend the next 20 plus years feeling stressed, tired, overwhelmed and…
Welcome to Art Teacherin’ with Cassie Stephens
Jun 19 • 15 min
I’m so excited to share all the ups and downs, ins and outs that my 20 years of art teacherin’ and art makerin’ has gifted me. This podcast episode serves as an introduction so you can know what to find when you join me here. Some weeks we’ll chat…