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Mission Statement

The Incarnate Word Academy Fine Arts Department strives to instill self-confidence; provide opportunities for self-expression; and encourage appreciation through participation in the visual and performing arts.  We realize our students are living in a world that is multi-cultural and easily connected through the speed of communication.  The Visual Arts are a universal language that all peoples can share.


Michele Stokes '80
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Michele Stokes is in her second year teaching two-dimensional art at IWA. A proud alum of the class of 1980, Mrs. Stokes spent the seven years as the learning consultant at IWA before she joined the Visual Arts Department.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Clothing and Textiles/Fashion Merchandising from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Summa Cum Laude) and a second bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (Summa Cum Laude). She recently received her certification to teach art (grades K-12).  Mrs. Stokes has always had a love of art; she took 10 art classes while a student at IWA and went on to take art classes in college. She has also taken continuing education classes in ceramics, watercolors, quilting, and weaving. 

One of Mrs. Stokes’ biggest loves is theater and costume design.  For the past seven years, she has been the costume designer for most of the plays and musicals at IWA.  She is also co-founder, president, and costumer for Shooting Star Productions, a theater company producing plays and musicals featuring youth ages 5 to 19.  Mrs. Stokes also facilitates the IWA Fashion Club and serves on the AdvancEd steering committee. She is married and has three sons.


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