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Elisa Patterson has been a museum educator for over twenty years. She is committed to making art accessible to all students and teachers by developing, implementing, and evaluating high quality and relevant programs. In her work with high school students at the National Gallery of Art, she has the opportunity to use galleries filled with original works of art as her classroom. She is most pleased when she sees students make personal connections with art history and art-making. Her background includes a B.A. in Art History and an M. Ed in Education. As a member of the Maryland Art Education Association, she has served as the Museum Division Director and more recently as editor of the online newsletter, the Gazette. In 2014 she was awarded the Maryland Art Educator of the Year.