Call for Applications for Art Educator of the Year 2016-2017
The New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association is a professional organization whose mission is to promote quality art education in New Hampshire by providing leadership, member services, advocacy, a format for communication, and opportunities for professional development.
Our annual Art Educator Award Program recognizes outstanding art educators who have made significant contributions to Art Education or art programs within their school, community, or professional organization.
Benefits for Art Educator of the Year Recipient:
• Acknowledgment of professional excellence
• Positive recognition for the educator’s school
• Demonstrates and promotes school/community support for the arts
• Highlights art curriculum
• The opportunity to represent NHAEA at events
• Raises professional standards
• Recognition at the NHAEA Conference, NAEA National Convention and at the NH Excellence in Education Awards (“ED”ies)
• Up to $600.00 stipend towards the NAEA Convention
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New Hampshire Art Educator of the Year 2015-2016 Marybeth Donovan Olson
ART Educator of the YEAR 2015-2016
New Hampshire Art Educator of the Year 2015-2016 Mary Beth Donovan-Olson The New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association selection committee is proud to announce that the 2015-2016 Art Educator of the Year is Mary Beth Donovan-Olson of Reeds Ferry Elementary School. Mary Beth submitted a portfolio to provide the Art Awards Committee with evidence of excellence along with many wonderful letters of support. Mary Beth was formally recognized by the NHAEA at their fall conference on Saturday Oct. 17, 2015 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. She will also be representing our state as NH Outstanding Art Educator of the year at the National Art Education Association Conference in March 2016 in Chicago. Mary Beth Donovan-Olson is described by her administration as a calm, quiet, but highly influential teacher, who encourages her young students to find their expressive voice. Her deep commitment to her students is evident; she has the power to find the artist and ability of every student. Kimberly Yarlott, her Principal, describes Mary Beth this way: “While this may be characteristic of many art teachers, Mrs. Donovan-Olson’s ability to reach children’s inner cores, and inspire them to express themselves through art is therapeutic and transformational.” As a professional and humanitarian, Mary Beth spent four years in Botswana, Africa. Her role there as a teacher-trainer brought her into the community, and allowed her to work directly with students. As a Peace-corps volunteer she gave selflessly to this developing community. As her Principal says, “This is demonstrative of Mary Beth’s overall character.” Her schools’ hallways are filled with wonderful art from her students. She gives much thought to what she teaches and how she teaches it. Her annual Student Art Show is one of this highlights of the school year, attended by parents, students and guests from the community. As one of her 4th grade students said, “The members of the Art Club portray artists at the festival. We had so much fun finding out about our artist and what kind of art they made.” Another student says: “Mrs. Donovan-Olson has inspired me to do what I did not know I was capable of doing. When I grow up, I want to be an art teacher just like her. I will be happy to tell my students that someone at their school could inspire them just like my teacher inspired me. I am so lucky to have a teacher like her.” There is no more endorsement as profound as the words of a student. It is with great pleasure that the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association recognizes Mary Beth Donovan-Olson as the NH Art Educator of the Year.
Art Educator of the Year 2014-2015
NH ART EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2015 DENISE FREEMAN
The New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association (NHAEA) is proud to announce their recipient for 2014-2015 NH Art Educator of the Year Award is Campbell High School art educator Denise Freeman. This award recognizes and honors an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the profession of art education, to their school community and has been involved in art educational matters concerning state and/or national levels. The honoree has demonstrated professional growth and involvement in the issues dealing with art education. According to CHS Principal Laurie Rothhaus who nominated Mrs. Freeman for this honor: “Mrs. Freeman is an outstanding highly qualified classroom teacher and dedicated professional. She is an exemplary teacher who displays pragmatism and diligence in a profession that is faced with increasing demands and challenges. Mrs. Freeman was instrumental in creating a masterful curriculum as an original teacher who was hired to pen Campbell High School in the year 2000. Her deep commitment to the school and the community not just as a teacher but as a leader is an example of what is right in our schools. She works long hours and lives her philosophy of being a lifelong learner and role model who creates a whirlwind of enthusiasm where ever she goes.”
NHAEA is proud to recognize Denise for her service and leadership to her professional association by volunteering to organize and host the state’s art educators’ Fall Conference in 2007. She currently serves on the association’s Scholarship Committee, the Scholastic Art Awards of NH and has represented NHAEA at state level meetings and national conferences. NHAEA also highly commends Mrs. Freeman for making a difference in the educational needs of her students.
Art Educator of the YEAR 2014 ! Martha Rives Souhegan High School Amherst NH
Martha Rives and others with plaque commemorating the 2014 EdDies recipients at the ceremony which took place at the Dept of Ed. on Nov 10
NH ART EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2014 MARTHA RIVES
I want to thank the New Hampshire Art Educators Association for giving me the opportunity to receive this award. I am truly honored, and am descended from a long line of powerful educators who have created meaningful art programs in their schools, reached out to their communities, and in so doing, have helped keep New Hampshire a strong art education state. In creating and upholding the tradition of awards NHAEA paves the way for all members to continually improve their practice, document and reflect on their achievements and teaching philosophy, and in turn, improve art education for all their students. We all work hard to make sure our students receive the highest level of art teaching possible. We continually push back against budget cuts, indifference, and a profound lack of understanding of the truly important learning taking place in our classrooms. We bring in materials from home, and often buy what we need. We display our student work with pride, accompanied by information about the lesson. We enter statewide art events such as NH Scholastic Art Awards, Youth Art Month, Art All-State, and local exhibitions that allow the community to see the great work our students are achieving. Many of our members work with our students to provide community service in unique ways, such as with the ‘Empty Bowls’ and ‘Memory’ projects. Many of our students achieve national recognition for their artwork. Unlike the corporate world, where not all information and ideas can be freely exchanged, we in education can share our ideas. The more ideas we share, the stronger our programs get. The more we inform students, parents, other educators, administrators and community members, the greater the understanding for all. This brings me back to the importance of us as teachers applying for awards . Those of us who have received awards are resources of ideas and information. Our role should be not only to bring the wisdom of NH Art Education to the national stage at the various events that happen outside our state, but also to be available to anyone who has a question, idea, dilemma, etc. within our state. My contention is that YOU ALL are resources of wisdom, experience and ideas, and WE ALL can benefit from each other’s energy and creativity to improve art education for all students. Our awards program focuses on recognizing our power so it’s out there for the world to see, rather than being hidden behind a classroom door. We are as powerful as the subject we are teaching. I’m encouraging you all to begin, or continue, the process of applying for the NH Art Educator of the Year award, and raise our power higher! This has been an extraordinary year for me – receiving awards at our Fall Conference in October, the NAEA National Conference in San Diego last March, and, finally, at the Excellence in Education Awards dinner (Edies) in Manchester, on June 7th. Rather than being a culmination, or conclusion, to years of work and aspiration, it is the gateway to a path that will hopefully take me to new places where I can continue to advocate for Art Education.
Thank you all- Martha
2012 - 2013 Art Educator of the Year: Maryanne Swegles
The New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association selection committee is proud to announce that the 2012-13 Art Educator of the Year is Maryanne Swegles. Maryanne has been teaching art at Daniel J. Bakie Elementary School in Kingston, NH since 2000.
Bakie Elementary School Principal Debrora Bamforth says “Twelve years ago, I had the opportunity to study education in Japan. I was struck by the high quality student art work that lined the halls of each school that I visited. When I entered Bakie School five years ago for the first time, I had the same admirable feeling. Even before I met Maryanne, I knew I had stepped into a learning community that valued the arts and I was intrigued to meet the person responsible. Maryanne recognizes, encourages, and supports the talent of individuals for example; one of our many special needs students loved to work with watercolor and demonstrated a talent in this area. Maryanne created an individualized program for him that resulted in Maryanne and two of her students to be flown to Washington, DC to be recognized by the VSA (Very Special Artists organization).”
Marcia McCaffrey, Art Consultant for the NHDOE states how Maryanne took on a pivotal role at the New England Arts Assessment Institute to create a visual arts assessment model for the Sanborn School District. Over the course of a year she worked with other art educators to develop quality assessment rubrics, align curriculum with assessment, and advocated for a district exhibition of student work, something that they had never been allowed to do. The following year, Maryanne and two colleagues returned to the New England Arts Assessment Institute, this time to present their “lessons learned” from their work. National experts in arts assessment asked questions and put them on the spot. Marcia goes on to say “Maryanne is a leader and change-builder for her district. She is an expert practitioner who believes in her students”.
Maryanne has always had a love of art as she states in her philosophy. She goes on to say “I had an inspiring art teacher, who had a passion for teaching and it was contagious”.
Beyond the art room Maryanne is an exceptionally dedicated and involved faculty member. Contributing to her Unified Arts team, collaborating with classroom teachers, encourages her colleagues in their artistic endeavors, as well as mentoring student teachers. She has been an active member of the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association, as a regional V.P. for the Seacoast area.
The NHAEA is proud to have such a dedicated arts educator represent this organization and New Hampshire as our 2012-13 Art Educator of the Year.
2011-2012 Art Educator of the Year: Pauline Pichette
The New Hampshire Art Educators' Association selection committee is proud to announce that the 2011- 2012 Art Educator of the Year is Pauline Pichette. Pauline has been teaching art at Matthew Thornton Elementary School, Londonderry, NH since 1980.
Matthew Thornton's Principal Carol Mack says “Pauline distinguishes herself as an educator who sets high standards and then works to help the students meet the challenges she presents.”
Ms. Mack goes on to say “every school has a go to person that the principal and staff know will always be ready to help. Pauline is that person and more.”
Pauline's colleague, Anne Silvius, says that Pauline is a gifted teacher who has the unique ability to provide that something extra to those students who have needs in a variety of areas. She sets the tone with her cheerful approach to difficulties, challenges and issues that arise within the school.
Beyond the art room Pauline is an exceptionally dedicated and involved faculty member and active member of the New Hampshire Art Educators' Association, as scholarship chair since 2008.
Art Educator of the Year is a very prestigious honor given to a NH art educator showing outstanding dedication to his/her profession. Please consider applying for this outstanding award. Award recipients are honored at the NHAEA Fall conference, represents our state at the NAEA National Convention and at the Edies, the Dept. of Educations awards for excellence in education.