April 19, 2022
& Lazaro Cardenas Elementary SchoolNelson Armour & Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School
& Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School
School — Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School
Neighborhood — Little Village
This CPS Lives project examines teaching and what it means to be a teacher. I see this photographic essay as a homage to the challenges, triumphs, and hard work and effort of teaching, from the small details to the big picture. This project will help the public better understand teachers and teaching.
The idea is to photograph a teacher in the process of teaching. This includes the obvious times within the teacher’s classroom, but also during preparation time before and after school. In addition, it will be important to join the teacher at “meetings” with team or grade level colleagues, special education staffings, meetings lead by administrators, along with after school activities and parent meetings — all the aspects of being a teacher.
Currently, I am collaborating with a teacher at the Lázaro Cárdenas Elementary School in Little Village, Chicago. I am working closely with this teacher, students in the classroom, other teachers, and staff, etc. In addition to spending time in the teacher’s class, I hope to photograph the teacher outside of school as well. The outcome of the project could include an exhibit, a website, and, possibly, a book. -Nelson W Armour