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Monthly Mentors

Each year, NAEA invites that year's award recipients to be guest authors for the Monthly Mentor blog. The NAEA Awards Program was created to recognize excellence in the many outstanding individuals, state/province associations, and programs of NAEA; to focus professional attention on quality art education and exemplary art educators; to increase public awareness of the importance of quality art education; to set standards for quality art education and show how they can be achieved; and to provide tangible recognition of achievement, earn respect of colleagues, and enhance professional opportunities for NAEA members.

The Monthly Mentor blog was launched in 2009. The Mentors represent the very best in our field. Each Mentor volunteers their personal time to write for the blog and shares their professional knowledge and expertise with the visual arts education community at-large. NAEA is honored to have such a diverse and talented group of individuals contribute to it. Below you will find a historical record of all the Mentors.

Month Mentor

November 2015

Hester Menier
Elementary Art Teacher, Wentzville School District
St. Louis, MO
2015 Western Region Elementary Art Educator Award Recipient

October 2015

Susan Loesl, MA, ATR-BC
Adaptive Arts Specialist/Art Therapist
Milwaukee, WI
2015 NAEA, CEC, VSA Beverly Levett Gerber Special Needs Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

September 2015

Stacey Salazar, Ed.D.
Director, Master of Arts in Art Education, Center for Art Education
Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, MD
2015 Manuel Barkan Memorial Award Recipient

August 2015

Nan Williams
Art Educator, Adjunct Faculty in art education and Intern Coordinator at the University of Central Florida
Winter Park, FL
2015 National Emeritus Art Educator Award Recipient

July 2015

Kirby Meng
Fine Arts Teacher on Special Assignment
Henry County, GA
2015 Georgia Art Educator Award Recipient

June 2015

Janine Campbell
Middle Level Art Educator/K-12 Certified Visual Arts Teacher
Byron Center, MI
2015 Western Region Middle Level Educator Award Recipient

May 2015

Tracy Fortune
Secondary Art Educator, Lakewood, WA
2015 Washington Art Educator Award Recipient
WAEA Secretary, Advertising Representative

April 2015

Shanna Dunlap
High School Student, Photographer, Harwood, MD
2015 National Rising Star Secondary Award Recipient

March 2015

Drew Pamplin Brown 
Elementary Art Educator, Roswell, GA
2015 National Elementary Art Educator Award Recipient

February 2015

Olivia Gude
Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
2014 Manuel Barkan Award Recipient
2009 Viktor Lowenfeld Award Recipient

January 2015

Barbara Laws
Senior Coordinator for Art, Norfolk Public Schools, VA
2014 National Supervision/Administration Art Educator Award Recipient

December 2014

Jill LaGrange
Elementary Art Educator, WI
2014 Wisconsin Art Educator of the Year Award Recipient

November 2014

Elisa Patterson
Senior Educator, Manager of High School Programs, National Gallery of Art
2014 Maryland Art Educator of the Year Award Recipient

October 2014

Lynne Horoschak
Distinguished Professor, Program Manager of MA in Art Education
Moore College of Art + Design
2014 Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year Award Recipient

September 2014

Bobbi Yancey
Art Specialist, NBCT/Art Consultant
Lake Charles Boston Academy of Learning, Lake Charles, LA
2014 National Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award Recipient

August 2014

Daniel Humphrey
Secondary Art Educator, Holy Name High School, Parma Hts., OH
2014 New Professional Art Educator of the Year Award Recipient

July 2014

Scott Winterrowd
Curator of Education, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University
2014 Western Region Museum Education Art Educator of the Year Award Recipient

June 2014

Connie Ferguson, M.ED, NBCT
2014 Arizona Art Educator of the Year Award Recipient
Dysart Unified School District, Riverview Elementary School
El Mirage, AZ

May 2014

Argy Nestor
Director of Arts Education
Maine Arts Commission
2014 Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award Recipient

April 2014

Liza Amor, M.Ed.
K-5 Art Specialist
Kim ES/Lundy ES
Las Vegas, NV
Art Educators of Nevada Newsletter Editor, Executive Board Member
2014 Nevada Art Educator of the Year Award Recipient

March 2014

Michelle Montierth
High School Art Teacher (13 Years Experience); Artist
Fremont High School
Plain City, Utah
Master of Arts in Fine Arts, University of Montana
BA in Art Composite Teaching, Weber State University
2014 Pacific Region Art Educator of the Year Award Recipient

February 2014

Suzanne Dionne
Visual Arts Instructor, Pre-K-Grade 2 (25 Years Experience)
Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School
Waterbury, Connecticut
Sixth Year Degree, SCSU
2014 Connecticut Art Educator of the Year Award Recipient

January 2014

Aimee Burgamy, Ph.D.
Art Teacher
Trickum Middle School
Atlanta, Georgia
2013 Southeastern Region Middle Level Art Educator of the Year

December 2013

Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT
K-5 Elementary Art Teacher
Dryden Elementary School
Arlington Heights, Illinois
2013 Western Region Elementary Art Educator of the Year

November 2013

Jackie Thomas
Retired Arts Educator with 49+ years experience; served as K-18 Teacher, Department Chair, Supervisor, Acting Superintendent, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Williamsport, Pennsylvania
2013 Retired Art Educator of the Year

October 2013

Cappie Dobyns
Art and Gifted & Talented Middle & High School Teacher
Ames Community School District, Des Moines, Iowa
2013 Outstanding National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor

September 2013

Karen Popovich
Art Teacher, Metea Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois
2013 National Secondary Art Educator
2012 Illinois Art Educator of the Year
2007 Illinois Middle School Art Educator of the Year

August 2013

Diana Gregory
Graduate Program Coordinator/Associate Professor of Art Education, School of Art and Design at Kennesaw State University
2012 Georgia Art Education Association Teacher of the Year

July 2013

Jennifer Johnson Keith
NAEA Southeastern Art Educator 2013
Pre-K through 5th Grade Art Teacher
Episcopal High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

June 2013

Heather Leah Ryerson Fountain, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art Education and Crafts,
Chair of the undergraduate art education program
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
2012 Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Outstanding Special Needs Art Educator Award Recipient
2013 National Art Education Association's Council for Exceptional Children, VSA Peter J. Geisser Special Needs Art Educator Award Recipient

May 2013

Renee Sandell, PhD
Professor of Art Education, George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
Ph.D. & M.A. in Art Education, The Ohio State University
2013 National Art Educator of the Year

April 2013

Kelsey Long
K-12 Art Educator, New Jersey
2013 NAEA Higher Education Student Achievement Award

March 2013

Ronda Sternhagen
6-12 Visual Arts Educator / Chief Creative Officer
Grundy Center MS/HS, Iowa
2013 Western Region Art Educator of the Year
Past President/Awards Chair, Art Educators of Iowa

February 2013

Elizabeth (Lisa) Stuart
Content Specialist, Art, Theater, & Dance, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, Montgomery County Public Schools
President-elect, Maryland Art Education Association
2012 Maryland Art Educator of the Year
Bachelor’s of Science, Art Education, University of Maryland Master’s Degree, Art Education, Maryland Institute College of Art
Certificate in Supervision and Administration, UMD
Silver Spring, MD

January 2013

Kerry Freedman
Professor and Head of Art + Design Education
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL

December 2012

Cheryl Maney
Pre K-12 Visual Arts and Dance Curriculum Specialist
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Arts Education Department
2012 NAEA Southeastern Art Supervisor of the Year
National Core Standards Visual Arts Writing Team Member
Mid Carolina Region Art Affiliate
Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
Scholastic Art Awards
Past President, North Carolina Art Education Association
Charlotte, NC

November 2012

Sarah Delphus Neubold
2012 Eastern Region Elementary Art Educator of the Year
Secretary of the Maryland Art Education Association
Art Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools
Rockville, MD

October 2012

Samantha Melvin
NAEA National Elementary Art Educator of the Year
Youth Art Month VP for the Texas Art Education Association
Art Teacher, R. J. Richey Elementary
Burnet, TX

September 2012

Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT
K-5 Elementary Art Educator
Dryden Elementary School
Arlington Heights, IL

August 2012

Daniel T. Barney, PhD
Assistant Professor of Art Education, Department of Visual Arts
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT

July 2012

Kristi Oliver
Art Educator
BFA, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Art Education and Painting/2-Dimensional Studies
MFA, Boston University, Art Education with a concentration in Printmaking
CAGS, Fitchburg State College, Creative Arts and Education
Boston, MA

June 2012

Peter J. Geisser
Art Educator
Rhode Island School for the Deaf
Cranston, RI

May 2012

Anne L. Becker, EdD
Associate Professor, Education Department
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, IL

April 2012

Sarah Damiano
Teacher, Stadium Middle School
Baltimore City, MD

March 2012

Jeanne Hoel
Senior Education Program Manager, School & Teacher Programs The Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles, CA

February 2012

Stacy Fuller
Director of Education, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Fort Worth, TX

January 2012

Thom Knab
K-4 Arts Specialist, Dodge Elementary
Williamsville, NY

December 2011

Jo-Anne Kirkman
2011 State Art Educator of the Year (MN)
Long Lake, MN

November 2011

Marilyn G. Stewart
2011 NAEA National Art Educator
Fleetwood, PA

October 2011

Susan Manbeian
2011 State Art Educator of the Year (CA)
Fremont, CA

September 2011

Heidi O'Hanley
Art Educator, Indian Springs School District 109
Justice, IL

August 2011

Samantha Melvin
2011 NAEA Western Elementary Art Educator of the Year
Elementary Division Chair, TAEA
Burnet, TX

July 2011

Daisy McTighe
2011 NAEA Distinguished Service Within Profession
Curriculum Consultant & Adjunct Faculty Member
Towson University & Goucher College
Baltimore, MD

June 2011

Vanessa Lopez-Sparaco
2011 NAEA Eastern Middle Level Art Educator of the Year
Middle School Division Director, MAEA
Leadership Educator, Arts Discipline (L.E.A.D.) Teacher
Baltimore, MD

May 2011

Rebecca Stone-Danahy
Fine Arts Director and Visual Arts Educator
NAHS Sponsor of the Year
Lewisville, NC

April 2011

Laura Milas, N.B.C.T.
Art Department Chairperson at Hinsdale
2011 NAEA State Art Educator of the Year (IL)
Hinsdale, IL

March 2011

Jackie Spaulding-Wright
2011 TAEA State Art Educator
Visual Art Educator, Carter Elementary School
Owner of Creative Kid's Art School
Seymour, TN

February 2011

Michael Gettings
Art Specialist for Henrico County Public Schools
2010 NAEA State Art Educator of the Year (VA)
Henrico, VA

January 2011

Linda Scott, Moderator
NAEA Web & eCommunications Manager
Reston, VA

December 2010

Amanda Batson
Master's Degree Candidate, Art Education
The University of Texas
Austin, TX

Melissa Schaefer
Elementary Art Educator
Wheaton, IL

November 2010

Dr. Judith Haynes
Elementary Art Educator
President of KyAEA, Advocacy Committee Chair
Cincinnati, OH/Northern KY

October 2010

Christopher Bruce
Student Teacher, Saugatuck High School &
Education Programs Assistant
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids, MI

September 2010

Minuette Floyd
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

August 2010

Kim Huyler Defibaugh
Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts
Toms River Regional Schools
Forked River, NJ
Eastern Region Vice-President
Chair the Advocacy Advisory Committee
Published Materials Committee, Member

July 2010

Rosie Riordan
Shawnee Mission West High School
Overland Park, KS

June 2010

Linda Morgan
Haven Middle and High Schools, Co-President Elect of KAEA
Haven, KS

May 2010

Rebecca (Becky) Guinn
Retired Art Educator
Chamber County, AL

April 2010

Zerric Clinton ABD
Art Teacher
Cairo High School
Cairo, GA 39828

March 2010

Bob Reeker
Eastridge Elementary School, Lincoln Public Schools 
Visual Art and Integrated Technology 
NAEA Elementary Division Director
Lincoln, NE

February 2010

Barbara "BJ" Adler
Principal for Vision Emerging Consulting
Former Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
New York, NY

January 2010

Debi West, Ed.S, NBCT
Lead Art Educator, North Gwinnett HS
Suwanee, GA

December 2009

Drew Brown
Art Educator, Sweet Apple Elementary School, Past President of the Georgia Art Education Association
Roswell, GA

November 2009

Kevan Nitzberg
Art Educator & Art Dept. Chair, Anoka H.S
Anoka, MN

October 2009,
June 2009

Diane Jaquith
Art Educator, Co-founder of Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB)
Newton, MA

September 2009

Heidi O’Hanley
Art Educator, Indian Springs School District, NAEA Student Chapter Past President
Justice, IL

August 2009

Nikki Faycheck Kalcevic
Art Educator, Ramay Junior High School
NW Arkansas

July 2009

Leslie Gates
Ph.D. Student, Curriculum and Instruction
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

May 2009

Nate Morgan
Art Educator, Hillside Elementary School
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

April 2009,
March 2009

Linda Devlin
Art Educator, Lacey Middle School
President of the Art Educators of New Jersey
2009 NAEA National Middle Level Art Educator
2007 NAEA Eastern Regional Middle Level Art Educator
Lacey Township, New Jersey

February 2009

Susan Bivona
Art Educator, Mount Prospect School, Immediate Past President, Art Educators of New Jersey
Basking Ridge, NJ

January 2009,
December 2008,
November 2008

Cris Guenter, Ed.D.
Graduate Coordinator, Dept. of Education
California State University
Chico, CA