Two local teachers recognized by the National Art Education Association
Two local teachers were recognized for their contributions to arts education.
The National Art Education Association has honored Dallas Gillespie of North Gwinnett High School as the 2022 Outstanding National Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year. This award recognizes the dedication of a NAEA member who sponsors an outstanding National Art Honor Society chapter in their respective school.
“Having between 110 and 140 members and one of the largest NAHS clubs in the country has always been a labor of love,” Gillespie, who is chair of the visual arts department at North Gwinnett, said in an email to North Gwinnett Voice. “From face painting entire weekends to working with adults with special needs and attending the annual NAHS State Conference, our NAHS members are the embodiment of what service in the world looks like. the community.
“It is our students who join NGHS NAHS who deserve strong recognition with this award as they always strive to meet my high standards and are willing to commit to serve on behalf of the members of the National Art Honor Society,” Gillespie continued, adding that he would like to thank his chapter’s co-patron, Karen Campbell, former co-patron Yvette Kim and former godmother Debi West.
“It’s obvious that Dallas loves being an arts educator and loves working overtime to ensure its students have a plethora of opportunities to share their art and talents with their communities,” said West, owner of WESTpectations. Educational Consulting, in a press release shared on the school district’s website announcing the awards.
Annie Park of Lanier Middle School has been named the 2022 Middle School Arts Educator of the Year in the Southeast Region. This award recognizes one NAEA member from each of the association’s four regions for outstanding service and achievement during the preceding school year.
“I could not have become the arts educator that I am today without the support of the Fine Arts Program at GCPS,” Park said in the press release. “Twenty-two years of teaching art have taught me the importance of embracing diversity, equity and inclusion. I am eternally grateful to nurture the creative spirits of middle school students every day.
“Her passion for her subject is evident and the students thrive as a result,” Lanier Middle School principal Bryce Fulcher said of Park. exhibit their art at the State Capitol, Hartsfield/Jackson International Airport, the High Museum of Art, and many other venues. In recent years, she has even produced an innovative local art exhibit where she holds students stand with their work and she takes an impressive group photo using a drone, a symbol of her creativity and her love of mixing technology and art.
NAEA is a professional association exclusively for professionals in visual arts, design and media arts education.