When Andrea Spano showed an interest in art in grade school, her mother encouraged her.
“I was the kid that had four shoe boxes of crayons in my room,” she said. “I remember it was like opening a treasure chest when I played with my crayons.”
Spano’s mother was artistic and completed studies at the New York School of Applied Design for Women. She was also a watercolorist.
Spano was around 10 when the family moved to Europe because her father was in the military. She remembers spending Easter vacations visiting Paris, London, Barcelona, Wales and Scotland, and visiting her mother’s family in England. On these trips the family visited historical art museums, churches and gardens.
“My art work still was very child like at this point, but I was influenced by what I saw and my art started to gel in high school” added Spano.
While a student in junior high school, she started working at a summer day camp in the art department. During these summers, she learned that she wanted to become a teacher.
She attended the University of New Hampshire and earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and found a position after graduation with the Jackson High School in Jackson, S.C. as an art teacher.
With her parents, and the family’s livestock of 15 horses, the family moved from New Hampshire to a 40 acre farm in Jackson, S.C. and she started her teaching career. Spano worked part time for the Jackson High School and part time for the New Ellenton Middle School. In 1981, she transferred to Silver Bluff High School where she taught all the art disciplines: 3-D, clay, figure drawing, landscape painting and served as the yearbook advisor during her last three years, along with Jason Goings.
She enjoyed the editor position, which gave her the opportunity to attend yearbook workshops, leadership classes and work with a different level of students.