Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Art & Education MA in Curriculum & Instruction
Hello, my name is Marla Sonksen and I am completing my 6th year as the Rudy Art teacher. Prior to arriving at Rudy Elementary, I was the Elementary Art Teacher in Garfield RE 2 on the Western Slope. This is my second career and will be my 10th year as an Elementary Art Teacher. My first career was spent being a Resident Director for college students at 3 different schools in Iowa, Arkansas and here in Colorado and I was able to enjoy the great outdoors in all three states by leading backpacking, camping and canoe trips for the college students. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors going on mountain hikes, gardening in my yard, running races from 5k up to Marathons and taking as many pictures of our beautiful state as I can! When I'm inside my house, I enjoy reading a good book, watching movies, baking, sewing and anything crafty & creative. I earned my Bachelors degree from Northwestern College in Iowa and my Masters Degree from Colorado Christian University here in Colorado. I enjoy sharing my love of art and the process of creating with my students and am thankful to be here at Rudy Elementary!