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After 40 years of teaching that includes public and private schools at all levels, and service as longtime Adjunct Faculty in art education and Intern Coordinator at the University of Central Florida, Nan Williams continues to work on behalf of arts education. She is a former President of the Florida Art Education Association, member of the National Art Education Association Board of Directors, a frequent presenter at state and national conferences, and writer for curriculum and advocacy publications. Among others, she received two large Disney Teacherrific Grants for innovative curriculum, the National Emeritus Art Educator, National Elementary Art Educator, and Southeastern Art Educator awards from NAEA, and the Career Service Award from FAEA.
Graduate work at Eastman School of Music, many years as a university scenic designer (MFA in Theatre from University of Iowa), the teaching of music, theatre, art and humanities, and service in a variety of arts organizations, all represent lifelong arts advocacy, working to provide the substantive arts experiences that students must have in today's arts-bombarded world. She was selected as Florida Art Teacher of the Year, Florida Master Teacher, National Teachers Hall of Fame finalist, Orange County Teacher of the Year finalist, and a charter member of the Department of Education's Florida League of Teachers. For UCF, the Nan Parker Williams Scholarship was endowed by former student Gordon Goede.