State College Area School District can say it has some of the best teachers in the state.
After all, Amy Anderson and Eve Evans have been named the best teachers in their subject areas.
Evans, a Radio Park Elementary School fifth-grade teacher, was awarded the Gilder Lehrman Pennsylvania History Teacher of the Year Award.
Anderson, an eighth-grade art teacher at Mount Nittany Middle School, was honored earlier this month as the Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Outstanding Art Educator of the Year.
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“This award is a wonderful acknowledgment from my professional colleagues for the work I have been doing for these past ten years with PAEA as first a regional representative, then secretary, and now treasurer,” Anderson said. “It feels like a wonderful group hug.”
Pennsylvania Art Education Association is a volunteer-based nonprofit that supports and promotes visual art education. It’s the state branch of the larger national organization.
Anderson is on the board and leadership council that helps manage operations and finances.
Anderson has been a teacher in the State College Area School District since 1998.
She said middle school art class is a place where students have the “opportunity to reflect outward and connect to the world through the study of art visual art, architecture and design.”
“The study of art can serve as a window into history and culture and foster global citizenship,” Anderson said.
Studio experiences allow students to enhance knowledge, develop skills, express meaning and ideas and experience the divergent responses from others.
“Art encourages play, flexibility, problem solving perseverance and reflectiveness,” Anderson said. “We have great conversations in art class. I feel so fortunate to get to know so many students through their ideas about art and the processes of creating.”
Evans has been teaching in the State College Area School district for more than 25 years.