Washington Art Educator of the Year

Washington Art Educator of the Year

The award winner for this category should have an extensive history of highly accomplished teaching. They should EDUCATE by writing curriculum, standards, and/or assessments, mentoring new teachers, publishing articles, and providing enriching and engaging content for their students. They should ADVOCATE by receiving grants, creating artwork outside of the classroom and supporting students in contests and exhibitions. They should PARTICIPATE by being a leader within their schools; districts, professional, online communities and organizations. This would include maintaining active memberships, sharing their knowledge, volunteering or leading committees or holding positions of leadership within these organizations. There is no grade level requirement for this award; it is the educator that stands out above and beyond all their peers in local, state and national levels of participation, education and advocacy. This Educator has usually been recognized in another awards category in previous years.

Past Recipients for Washington Art Educator of the Year

  • 2016 Dan Brown
  • 2015 Rick Wigre
  • 2014 Tracy Fortune Lakes High School
  • 2013 Russ Ford Hockinson High School
  • 2012 Deborah Barten
  • 2011 Lisa Crubaugh, Bellevue School DIstrict
  • 2010 Suzanne Gardner Maple Valley HS Tahoma SD
  • 2009 Priscilla Zimmerman Kamiak High School, Mukilteo
  • 2008 Gale Riley King’s High School, Seattle, WA
  • 2007 Virginia Lane North Thurston Public Schools
  • 2006 Catherine Ross Horizons Elementary/South Sound High School North Thurston Public Schools
  • 2005 Don Collins Wenatchee Public Schools
  • 2004 Katie Hall  Yakima SD
  • 2003 Joye Melby  Cascade H S Everett School District
  • 2002 Ann Morgan Cascade H S Everett School District
  • 2001 Mari Evans Yelm Community Schools
  • 2000 Cheryl Johnson
  • 1999 Dr. Larry Metcalf Art Prof @ SPU
  • 1998 Susan Hamilton Tukwila S.D.
  • 1997 Klara Weis
  • 1996 Lael  Williams
  • 1995 Lorinne Lee
  • 1993 Gina May
  • 1992 Faye Scannell
  • 1991 Paul Berg
  • 1990 Dr. David Templeton