WAEA Award Winners for 2016

Congratulations! ~The Washington Art Education Association is pleased to announce the awards for 2016.

~Museum Educator of the Year: Nancy Bell, Schack Art Center, Everett
~Elementary Art Educator of the Year: Judith Weden, Outlook Elementary, Sunnyside SD
~Middle-level Art Educator of the Year: Kate Ebert, Poulsbo Middle School
~Secondary Art Educator of the Year: James Andrews, Kingston High School
~Art Educator of the Year: Dan Brown, Okanogan School

A celebration in their honor will take place at the “Artastic” Fall Conference on the campus of Western Washington University. Awards presentations will be made at a special luncheon to be held on Saturday October 15. We offer congratulations each of the award winners on their remarkable accomplishments as Art Educators in Washington State!


Nancy Bell has been involved in promoting arts education through curriculum development and implementation in Everett for almost two decades. She also has supported local teachers by providing professional development along with free art curriculum and a lending library of classroom resources. Nancy has trained 1oo’s of art docents and classroom volunteers. Students have gained valuable opportunities to view and study art, show art, and compete for prestigious awards because of Nancy’s dedication as a Museum Educator.

Judith Weden has been teaching for 21 years and is an Arts Specialist at Outlook Elementary. She completed a Masters of Education from WSU with a Thesis: “Art and the ELL Connection,” and has written Visual Arts curriculum content standards and assessments for Sunnyside School District curriculum guides. Judith has received grants, participated in writing Washington State Art CBPAs, and annually organizes and displays student art work for Sunnyside School Districts “Art Walk.”

Kate Ebert took on the challenge of the vacated art teacher position in her school when it was determined that otherwise, it would go unfilled. She advocated for the arts to the extent that she put her career on the line, in time, completing an arts endorsement. She writes and aligns curriculum, working with the district administration on implementation strategies. Within her building she is an advisor to the Art Club, Anime Club and the Leo Club. Kate is an ESD 114 Vice President for the WAEA. Kate was also recently recognized in The Kitsap Sun in the “Teacher Spotlight.”

James Andrews has taught art for 18 years; advocating for quality arts programing within his school, district, community, and the State. He assisted in the creation of an Arts Boosters organization in order to support all the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts), and successfully organized the annual arts event: The Festival of The Arts. James has also been a tenacious arts education advocate on the State level. AnnRene’ Joseph has stated about James: “His continued lobbying on this issue, both to the legislature and the State Board of Education, with the support of my office and position, had a positive influence in the passage of a two-credit graduation requirement in our state’s new CORE24 graduation requirements. This requirement, passed during the 2010-2011 legislative session, was enacted into law for the graduating class of 2019 (the freshman class of 2016).”

Dan Brown has successfully developed an outstanding sequential visual art study and studio program in Okanogan. As the only art teacher for both the middle and high school, Dan has single-handedly developed and implemented all of the art curriculum for the past 25 years. Dan has received numerous awards, including: a Golden Apple Award 2011 KSTS TV and Pemco Insurance, WAEA Secondary Teacher of the Year 2001, Washington State Teacher of the Year finalist 2000, North Central ESD Excellence Award 1991, (Okanogan School District) North Central ESD Excellence Award 1988 (Soap Lake School District). Dan has shown professionally at the Confluence Gallery from 1995- to the present. Public work and collections: “Jailbirds” Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, “Bringing Home the Bacon” Twisp Ponds, Twisp, “Fishing the Stillaguamish” Arlington, “Flight” Quotewizard, Seattle, and is currently working on his 975th work of art. He also supports various charities: Alatheia Therapeutic Riding Arena, Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, Rotary International, and Community Action (student held soup dinner event). Dan works tirelessly in support of quality arts programs on behalf of the Okanogan community, for which he cares so deeply.