WILMINGTON — A local teacher was given top honors for her work sculpting and adding a new coat of paint to her student’s minds.
Jane Taylor, Wilmington Middle School’s art teacher, was named Southwestern Ohio Art Education Association’s Outstanding Art Teacher of the Year on Oct. 3 in Cincinnati. This is the highest award the Association offers.
According to the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) website, this lifetime achievement recognition is awarded to art educators who “have exhibited dedication and commitment to OAEA and art education over an extended period of years.”
Taylor said she felt honored to be given the award.
“I am very lucky to be engaged in work that involves promoting the use of imagination and creative process through critical and reflective thinking with our kids in Wilmington,” said Taylor.
Wilmington City Schools Superintendent Mindy McCarty-Stewart and Denver Place Elementary School Principal Karen Long accompanied Taylor when she was honored. McCarty-Stewart said she felt privileged in helping to honor her and that Taylor is, “innovative and invested in her teaching.”
Long said Taylor deserves the honor and is proud to work alongside her.
“Jane is a passionate educator who never stops learning and creating and inspires her students and colleagues to do the same,” said Long.