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Susan Gabbard is director of fine arts for Oklahoma City Public Schools and currently serves as immediate past president of the NAEA. Susan taught visual art in public and private K–12 schools in both Oklahoma and Texas for 27 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in visual art.
In Oklahoma she has contributed since the early 1990s to developing state standards and assessments. She has also been involved in leadership development since the late 1980s.
She attended the first NAEA Leadership Academy in 1988 and has conducted and attended leadership seminars and workshops around the country. She spent a year at The Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Central Oklahoma as the master teacher in residence.
Publications include articles for SchoolArts magazine, and contributions to the Davis Publications, Inc., arts integration resource materials "Connections in Art." Susan contributed to resource materials from the Smithsonian Institution in the Celebrating George Washington: A National Treasure traveling exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery. She wrote a chapter on art education for Randi Stone's Best Classroom Practices: What Award Winning Elementary Art Teachers Do. In addition, she is author of the ARTSCOM Elementary Art Program software for K–12.
She has received numerous awards including the NAEA's Marion Quin Dix Award for Leadership, the Oklahoma Governors' Arts in Education Award and the Oklahoma Foundation Medal of Excellence in Teaching. She was awarded the Oklahoma Art Educator of the Year, and later the Disney American Teacher Award for Outstanding Visual Art Teacher in 1996. She earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in art education from the University of North Texas.
Clips from Susan Gabbard
Framing Questions about Creativity and Learning