Dexter teacher named Michigan Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year



The following is from Dexter Community Schools:

Congratulations to Michigan Art Education Association MID-LEVEL ART EDUCATOR of the Year, Jane Montero. Jane has been a fifth- and sixth-year art teacher at Dexter’s Creekside Intermediate School since 2001. She has also served as chair of her school’s special fields department since 2008. Jane graduated from the University of California with a Masters in Education. South in 1991 and has been teaching since 1989. The first 12 years of her teaching career, Jane taught in her home state of California; however, the remaining years were in Michigan. Jane is a 2019 graduate of the School for Art Leaders at the NAEA and is the Elementary Division President and Regional Liaison Officer for MAEA.

After the initial Covid-19 school shutdown, Jane created short two-minute videos on the elements of art and design principles for her students to see from home. These videos inspired her to create how-to videos for her new digital design program. She presented at Online Art Teachers K12’s First Summer Professional Development (OATK12) in June 2020 and at the San Antonio Museum of Art Summer Teacher Institute in August 2020. Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, Jane presented several virtual state conferences, including MAEA. , VAEA, IAEA, WYAEA and Missouri Art Education Association. She was recently one of two keynote speakers at the OATK12’s Second Summer Professional Development Conference. Jane’s involvement in online art education and digital design continues to be her passion and she is excited to share her ideas with art educators around the world.

Currently, Jane is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Innovation at Concordia University Wisconsin (online). The title of his thesis is Developper Empathy Through Design Thinking in Elementary Art Education and will be defended in December. Jane presented her early research on this topic at the NAEA Virtual Research Pre-Conference last spring. Pursue your passions and never stop learning are two of Jane’s mottos.

The Michigan Art Education Association Art Educator Awards Program is designed to draw the attention of professionals to quality arts education and exemplary art educators to raise awareness of the importance of quality arts education. , and to set standards for quality arts education and show how they can be achieved. For more information visit


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