Joanne Florencio / Art Teacher

 Spann Elementary, Summerville SC


It is with great pleasure that I recommend Yoshiko Moon for the Artist In Residence program  at your school.

Yoshiko did a week residency at Spann Elementary, January 6-9, 2009, during which time I was the art teacher. Her primary teaching responsibilities were to introduce our fifth grade students to the  Japanese culture,  Japanese calligraphy, Sumi-e painting and have students participate in a Japanese Tea Ceremony. Yoshiko Moon shared far more than the contracted lessons. She gave our students a unique look at life in Japan, she shared greetings in Japanese, taught students how to write and speak their names in Japanese. When the students entered the classroom they experienced what it would be like to be students in a Japanese classroom . My students were mesmerized by her talent, and how she  skillfully shared Japan with use all. Each of my students had  an experience they will remember throughout their lives.

Yoshiko Moon is creative, deeply conscientious, professional, and hard-working throughout the residency experience. I strongly recommend her and am sure that you will be more than satisfied with her performance in your classroom.