It is students like this that make my teaching job an absolute joy. Meet Cristina Walters. She has been a student of mine for three years and in those three years, I have had the privilege of watching her talent develop and to teach her how to paint. What is exciting is that she's heading to High School and she's going to get even better! I wanted to share this because she is such an awesome girl and I cannot wait to see what she does in the future. In addition to being artistically talented, she's totally driven. When she has a vision or an idea, it becomes part of her and she gives it everything she's got. That's what i dig about her. She's talented but never lazy when it comes to creating. This is what needs to remain in our public schools, fine art programs that allow students to showcase their talent and to have a vehicle that takes them through school. I am just happy to have been a part of her art career at this early age. I wish her the very best.