Congratulations Wisconsin Art Education Association Art Teacher of the Month - December 2021
Name: Aaron Sperduto
School: Pulaski High School, Pulaski Community School District
Nominated by: Jeremy Pach
What colleagues say: Aaron is a curricular leader in the PHS building. Aaron puts in long hours to ensure his duties are completed in a high level and his high quality work positively impacts student learning each day. Aaron is our Yearbook advisor and he regularly is shooting photos at sporting events and activities to add to our yearbook and to slideshows and promotional materials around the district. Mr. Sperduto is the PHS Boys and Girls Head Tennis coach and he spends a great deal of his free time at practices and camps to get his players and future players ready for doing their best in the sport. Mr. Sperduto was nominated as a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction 2009 and his peers highly respect him. They respect him enough to have him also be nominated to be a leader in our PHS Building Guiding Coalition where he works with teachers and administration to make decisions to positively impact the building and to ensure high levels of teaching and learning are happening daily.
Aaron designs signage and new mascot logos for our district when he has time. Mr. Sperduto has gone above and beyond inside our learning community because he developed a program for our art students to paint large murals to be displayed among a variety of openings and indents inside our physical building. With as much clean wall space as we have available it is a welcome addition to have students fill the hallways with inspirational and mascot artwork to keep students attention.
Aaron is a creative teacher who enjoys spending time coaching, exploring the outdoors and improving student perspectives on different forms of art.
Congratulations Wisconsin Art Education Association Art Teacher of the Month - November 2021
Name: Heidi Walbert
School: Summit View Elementary, Waukesha, Wi
Nominated by: Garrett Sheskey
What colleagues say: Ms. Walbert is a dynamic art educator through and through. Her approach to learning is the same as her approach to life, and that is through a creative lens. Curriculum is what is written on a piece of paper. What Ms. Walbert teaches students lifts this from the paper and into the imagination of the students in her classroom. Ms. Walbert's classroom is truly a studio of artists. Every class begins with the familiar greeting, "Good morning (afternoon) my most amazing artists!" Students BELIEVE in their artwork and speak to the decisions they make because they can. The artful choices that Ms. Walbert gives to students is not a privilege but a right. Through discovery of mediums and materials, students have the opportunity to share messages of feelings, hope, advocacy, and more. This transcends into the general classroom for students as they integrate art into their learning and demonstration of learning.
Ms. Walbert should be considered for Art Teacher of the Month by the Wisconsin Art Education Association because her dedication to her passion in the profession is inspiring to all around her in the community. Her leadership as an art educator is both within and out of the classroom as she mentors other art teachers in the district and presents at professional developments. She 'waves the banner' for Arts Education and that is what we need more of in the Education Profession! It is difficult to inspire others without aspiring to be better yourself. Ms. Walbert has this aspiration. She does not follow a folder of plans year after year but rather responds to world events and then gives students the time, space, and choice to express their feelings and messages through the artwork they create. It takes confidence in someone to open the windows to the world and talk with students about what they see and hear. Art is a natural outlet for this. The relationships that Ms. Walbert has with students stretch from our youngest to oldest students.
Part of being a Specialist in an elementary school is having the joy of connecting with various grade levels. Ms. Walbert moves from group to group and makes those connections seamlessly. Students are drawn to her creative aurora and find ease in talking with her about their lives. As part of PLC, Ms. Walbert and her colleagues set a student relationship goal and monitor student attendance and engagement- reaching out to those who, based on the data, may need an adult at school to connect with. Ms. Walbert's community involvement is both within and out of school. She has participated in school events both leading and supporting. Ms. Walbert's passion for the art is a driver of her decisions, which is much needed in a community!
Congratulations Wisconsin Art Education Association Art Teacher of the Month - October, 2021
Name: Suzanne Milewski
School: Ronald Reagan High School, Milwaukee
Nominated by: Mr. David Walker
What colleagues say: Ms. Milewski is passionate and dedicated for her students in Art History. For Example, she has kept student work from early 2020 (pre-school closure) and is now returning it to students two years later! She is hyper-organized and always on top of the numerous requirements for an International Baccalaureate (IB) education. She is an active partner with our other art teacher. Together they do everything from Art Gallery Night annually to awesome rock band-themed T-shirts for staff to supporting the school through the yearbook and other photography supports.
Bio: Suzanne Milewski teaches 9th grade Art Foundations and 10th grade Art History at Ronald Reagan IB High School. She is in charge of the yearbook and does 1,001 other things to help make our school hum.
A little about Maddie: "I am a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education K-12. I am currently in my second year teaching K-5 Art at the Hudson School District and I couldn’t be happier!
My favorite thing about teaching art is watching my students express themselves and building positive relationships with them. When I was a student, my art teacher always brightened my day. They were a person I always looked up to. I hope I can be someone to my students that makes their day better as my teacher did for me."
Good afternoon, WAEA Members! Our board president Leah Keller is working extremely hard with Ellen Scharfenberg and Jana Strobel our conference coordination chairs to make sure everything is ready, running and AMAZING! We will roll out the conference website and registration very soon, but right now we want to share some of the vendors that will be sponsoring our conference and presenting resources to attendees. Universities, museums, and supply vendors are all ready to meet you this October!
About Julia Genrich Calvert
Julia graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Art Education, and completed a Masters Degree in Art Education from the University of Eastern Illinois in 2019. Julia is currently working in the Monroe School District at Parkside Elementary, teaching kindergarten through fifth grade.
In the classroom, Julia loves to teach young artists about a variety of different mediums. She also collaborates with her department to secure grants through WAEA and Educators in Excellence that expands her curriculum to include more robust printing, fibers, and glass units. Her favorite part about teaching is watching students overcome creative challenges and become proud, kind, confident learners. Julia really enjoys working with the students and staff in Monroe and is proud to be a Cheesemaker!
Outside of the classroom, Julia enjoys creating her own art, skiing, hiking, and visiting art museums with her husband, Devon! They are both looking forward to a post-pandemic world where they can travel much more.
About Mandy Culver
We are excited to announce the details for the Sixth Annual Student Art Contest sponsored by WEA member Benefits and the WEA Member Benefits Foundation.
This year's theme is Be You. Building people up through artistic expression.
Attached is a flyer you can share with other art teachers, public educators, school guidance counselors, psychologists, and social workers who may work with students who many benefit from the therapeutic process of creating art.
The general information about the contest is included on the flyer and more details can be found online at weabenefits.com/studentartcontest.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the WEA Art Contest Contact at email@example.com
An Announcement from your Wisconsin Youth Art Month Chair, Beth Dobberstein:
Greetings Art Teachers,
It is with great pleasure that I share with you the 2021 Youth Art Month Regional Shows. Click on the link below, and then click on your region in the navigation to see the work. You will notice that the artworks that have the yellow badges next to them are the state exhibit qualifiers. The State Exhibit has been updated and is posted below! Students who win state awards have been identified in the virtual state show. A prize package will be directly sent to their homes. If you did not provide their full address, their prize package will be sent to your school.
This year, all certificates (state and regional) will be digital. Links to the printable certificates are located below. A beautiful Youth Art Month Proclamation letter from the Governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers will be mailed to each of your students.
I want to thank each of our Regional Vice Presidents: Andrea Worthey, Mandy Zdrale, Quenton Brown, Jill Fortin and Sarah Fredrickson for spending numerous hours uploading the artwork for their regional shows and a HUGE thank you to Sarah Fredrickson for putting it all together. I also wish to thank Dani Graf, WAEA Treasurer for helping behind the scenes with making phone calls for donations, etc and to the WAEA President, Devon Calvert for providing encouragement throughout this crazy time.
Thank you ALL for participating in this event!
Please share this link.....everywhere!
2021 YAM WAEA Virtual Exhibit
Youth Art Month Chair
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