About Me

Presenting at GAEA 2013 Fall Conference
My name is Mrs. Nguyen (formerly Ms. Gram - I got married 5/30/15) and I am a fifth year art teacher working in Gwinnett County, Georgia. For the past three years I have worked at the largest elementary school in Georgia (2,200+ students) as one of two full-time art teachers. In addition to having so many students, the school also had an extremely high percentage of students on free and reduced lunch (over 95%) and had a very large ESOL population (55%).
This next school year however I will be moving to a brand new elementary school (also Title I) opening up in my county! I am so beyond excited to start an art program from the very beginning!
As with most schools these days, my school's goals are to increase student achievement in reading, writing, and math... so I am constantly searching for ways to create and teach lessons which integrate common core concepts. This really describes my approach to teaching. For me teaching art is not just about how to paint, or collage, or draw (although that is still extremely important) ... but it is also about how to think creatively and make connections between all that life has to teach us.
The loves of my life! <3
It is my personal belief that all teachers should share their very best ideas and resources because in the end, it is the children who benefit! So if there is ever any way I can help you (bouncing ideas off of, getting a lesson PowerPoint, helpful tips, etc.) please do not hesitate to contact me at melindagram@gmail.com. I absolutely love getting to correspond with my readers/followers! You guys keep me writing! :)


  1. I am thrilled to find your blog! Thank you for sharing your expertise, enthusiasm, and amazing creativity! I am sure it takes a lot of time to include so much detail in your posts. Please know it is most appreciated. With gratitude and excitement, your newest follower

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words!
      I appreciate you taking the time to read my posts! :)

  2. and I thought our school was big?! 1400 kids k thru 5. y'all got us beat:) You're school demographic is very much like ours. Love your work. Does your arts integration teacher have a blog too? Our school is about to be part of an arts integration grant and I'm coordinating with our 2 artists in res how that will impact their curriculum as they co-plan with grade level teachers. Looks like you had a blast in NOLA. I went to school at LSU so I spent lots of time down there.

    1. It's pretty crazy working at a school this big! Luckily the county is opening two new elementary schools next year (one of which will take part of our current population). I will be moving to the other one however (only projected to open with 1,200 students - still Title I).
      Our STEAM teacher does not keep a blog.. but if you email me at melindagram@gmail.com I could give you her email address if you'd like! :)
      And yes.. NOLA was awesome!! Can't wait to visit there again!
      And super can't wait until Chicago!