Mrs. Paula Bien Yarnell '65

Art Teacher

Year Started: 1975

Degrees: B.A., Edgecliff College;Additional graduate credit Xavier University

Awards and Memberships: Member of OAEA; Member of Junior League of Cincinnati; 2003 Schilderink Family Faculty Chair Award for Distinguished Teaching

Experience: Middle School Art Teacher;Before and Aftercare Director;Campus Day Art Exhibit Coordinator;Member of Summit Alumni Board;6 years in education prior to The Summit

Inspiration: Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” --Mother Theresa

I believe in the power of love. I have been extremely fortunate to be surrounded by love my entire life. As a result, I have learned that spreading love is the most remarkable way of receiving God's grace. Love is the one thing that can overcome so many of the most difficult times that we are faced with in life. It can turn all the ugliness in the world into the most beautiful portrait we could ever have the pleasure to behold.

Philosophy: Teaching is a self portrait. After attending Summit and spending the better part of my adult life here, I have learned a few things. I believe that each and every thing is on God's time clock, and things don't happen when we want them to but when God wants them to happen. If you love life, life will love you back; if you love children they will love you back.

Every child CAN learn. It may not be on the same day or the same way. Children may forget what you said but they will never forget how you make them feel. The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught but that every child should be loved.

My aims are:

  • To provide rich and diverse experiences for my students that will develop observation, activate the imagination and utilize purposeful leisure.
  • To stimulate the students to become more interested and aware of objects in the classroom, in the home and in the great outdoors.
  • To have my students become aware of visual elements of design (line, form, space, color, texture and pattern,) through use of various media so they will be better able to see, feel and understand the world around them.

Personal: Husband, the honorable J. Howard Sundermann; children, Tyler '97 and Tate '01 with the late Skip Yarnell; three grandchildren, Hadley, T.J. and Lilly. Art and antiques collector and dealer.

Office Location

Middle School