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Hester Menier is an elementary art teacher in the Wentzville School District near St. Louis, MO. She has been teaching elementary art for 20 years in rural and suburban districts with large low socio-economic populations. Her education background includes a BA in art education from the University of Northern Iowa and a MA in art education from The Ohio State University. Menier became the first National Board Certified teacher in her district in 2010. She believes that having quality and relevant professional development for art teachers is important to developing strong art programs that prepare students for futures in the fine arts. Over the past few years her commitment to professional development for art teachers has shown through her participation in a variety of committees and organizations, including the becoming a Special Areas representative on the district Professional Development Committee, Building Professional Development Chair, Grade Chair, Lead K-8 Art Teacher, Curriculum Writing Team and Curriculum Review Committee member. She has presented at the MAEA spring and fall conferences, the St. Louis Art Museum teacher workshops and for local districts professional development days. Throughout the school year she is always looking for opportunities to discover new techniques and philosophies for teaching art that will benefit her students, by reading articles and books, participating in a variety of education workshops and networking with other educators through social media and other collaborations.