TOWSON, MD—Eight Baltimore County public school visual arts educators have won statewide awards from the Maryland Art Education Association.

“This impressive statewide recognition is a reflection of the immense talent of our visual arts team,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “Our visual arts educators inspire and challenge our students and contribute to their academic and personal growth in countless ways.”

The statewide BCPS award winners are:

  • Maryland Elementary Art Educator of the Year
    Natovian McLeod, Colgate Elementary School
  • Maryland Mid-Level Art Educator of the Year
    Michelle Dress, Ridgely College
  • Maryland Outstanding Art Club Sponsor Award
    Nina Arlotta, Norwood Elementary School
  • Maryland Outstanding National Art Honor Society Sponsor Award
    Jess Lord, Sparrows Point Secondary School
  • Maryland Emeritus Art Educator of the Year Award
    Grace Hulse, Towson University, BCPS Retired Art Professor
  • Maryland Educator as Practicing Artist Award
    Kate Norris, Parkville High School
  • Maryland Change Agent Award
    Vernon Fains, Pine Grove Middle School
  • Linda Popp Leadership Award
    Tricia Lane-Forster, Ridge Ruxton School

BCPS recipients at the district level were also honored at the June 2 MAEA ceremony:

  • BCPS Novice Arts Educator of the Year: Julia Stone, Owings Mills Elementary School
  • BCPS Novice Middle School Art Educator of the Year: Skip Chipps, Holabird Middle School
  • BCPS Novice High School Arts Educator of the Year: Erica Hamilton, Western School of Technology
  • BCPS Career Elementary Art Educator of the Year: Lisa Black, Hillcrest Elementary School
  • BCPS Career Middle Level Art Educator of the Year: Kat Delgavio, Deep Creek Middle School
  • BCPS Career High School Art Educator of the Year: Kelly Schmal, Consulting Teacher, formerly at Patapsco High School
  • BCPS Educator Award as an Artist Practitioner: Christine Strong, Perry Hall High School
  • BCPS Distinguished Arts Educator of the Year: Deb Rogers
  • BCPS Administrative Support of the Year: Andrea Derrien, The Chatsworth School


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