Phone: (508) 384-1000 x455


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, UMass Dartmouth Master of Education, Cambridge College

Ms. Shannon Cress

I began my teaching career right here at KP, my alma mater, in September of 1994. I am truly blessed by my students everyday and I hope they can say the same about me.

I believe an education in the arts is incredibly important for EVERY student. In this day and age, being ‘smart’ has taken on a new meaning. It is no longer enough to just learn and memorize facts; information is readily available and just a mouse click away! One of the most important things a student can learn is what to do with facts and information, in other words, how to think like an artist. 

How to Think Like an Artist:

~ Looking at things more closely than most

~ Finding beauty in everyday things and situations

~ Making connections between the world, themselves, and ideas

~ Going beyond ordinry ways of thinking and doing things

~ Looking at things in different ways in order to generate new perspectives.

~ Taking risks and exposing yourself to possible failure

~ Arranging things in new and interesting ways

~ Working hard and at the edge of your potential

~ Persisting where others may give up

~ Concentrating your effort and attention for long periods of time

~ Dreaming and fantasizing about things

~ Using old ideas to create new ideas and ways of seeing things

~ Doing something simply because it is interesting and personally challenging to do