April 2016: MaryJane Long, Fairview Elementary School
Teaching is about sharing what you know and love with other people. I teach art because it is fun and gives me hope and meaning in my life. I want to create relationships with my students and help them find hope, meaning and fun in their lives.
-MaryJane Long, Fairview Elementary School
Delaware's 2016 Art Educator of the Year
February 2016: Natalia Ciriaco, Newark Charter School
Teaching art is an important part of my life. What do I love the most about teaching?
I love it when my students discover a new technique on their own.
I love when students challenge themselves to work harder and not give up.
I love it when my students start to look at things around them differently.
I love to show them my excitement about their artwork.
I love telling them that they are an artist!
Lastly and most importantly,
I love it when the students are confident and proud of what they just created.
Teaching art is not only about being the best at your craft, it's about connecting with the students and opening your mind and heart to them.
-Natalia Ciriaco, Art Teacher, Newark Charter