Vermont Art Educator

             Judy Klima is the

         2017 Vermont

       Art Educator 


Judy Klima is not only changing the landscape of art education at the Integrated Arts Academy, she is changing the way schools look at the arts as a mode of learning throughout the state and region

She will receive an award from NAEA at the March 2-4 Convention in NYC. Join us at the awards ceremony if you are at the convention . Think about who you should nominate for 2018

Lindsay who teaches at the Missisquoi Valley Middle and High School  received her award at the NAEA Convention  in Chicago last March. VATA  was represented by our president Becky Wright.


Congratulations to

Lindsey DiDio Hartel

2016 Vermont Art Educator



A Leader in TAB and Choice Based Art Education who inspires us all

2014 Art Educator Chris Fearon

    Museum Educator- Fleming Museum


Vermont Art Educator  2012

Making ART Matter Deeply at

Underhill Central School

and Smilie Memorial School

“My favorite saying in art education,

*There is no such thing as a mistake in art, only opportunities.*

was made even better by one of my students inventing the word ARTatunity.  

 May we all embrace our ARTatunities.

VATA selected Anne Joppe -Mercure as our 2012 Vermont Art Educator. She was recognized for making art central to the academic mission in each of her schools and making sure  her students  see art as an essential way to communicate their thoughts and ideas.

She will receive a $300 grant from VATA to use to support classroom activities, professional development or her own work as  an accomplished Book Artsist.

Anne will be recognized at the  National Art Education Association Convention in New York City this March  as one of the outstanding Art Educators in the country.

VATA selected Meg Miller as The Vermont Art Educator for 2011. She was recognized for her outstanding art curriculum and exemplary student work as well as for her statewide leadership in advocating for Art education.

Meg retired as  a middle level  art educator at Essex Middle School  in June 2011 and  previously was a VATA board member and YAM chair.

Meg was recognized at the  NAEA Convention in Seattle in March 2011 as one of the outstanding Art Educators in the country.

Alice Trageser

Vermont’s 2013 Art Educator

creativity, community and the environment

Alice has been making “ART Matter” for Vermont students through her commitment to creativity, community and the environment for many years! Alice likes to keep inspired through travel, going to museums and spending time outdoors. She takes her inspiration and creates magical experiences for her students in the art room!  Alice currently teaches grades K-8 at the Charlotte Central School in Charlotte Vermont. She has previously been on the VATA board in numerous capacities including an inspirational co-chair.

2015 Vermont Art Educator

Nan Hathaway


Dee Christie  was the Vermont Secondary Art Educator for 2011

she was also nominated for the NAEA Eastern Region Secondary Art Educator. She will receive recognition at the NAEA Conference  in Seattle.

Think about Nominations for the 2017 Vermont Art Educator

and NAEA Regional and National Awards

                      It is a great way to advocate for Art Education

Vermont Art Educator Nomination form 2017

Vermont Art Educator of the Year 2017

Nomination Form Due By Oct 26 2016

VATA will award a $300 grant to this years Vermont Art Educator to be used for attending the National Conference, exceptional art education projects, supplies or educational opportunities.

The Art Educator will be recognized by the Vermont Art Teachers Association at our Fall VATA Conference on November 4th 2016 and the National Art Education Association Conference in New York City 2017

Name of Nominee:

School Name:

Grade Level:

Work Address:

City: State: Zip:

Work Phone:


Supervisor or Principal:

Nominee’s Home Address:

City: State: Zip:

Home Phone:


Nominee’s NAEA membership number:

(Membership can be in process but educators must be members of NAEA and VATA  to receive this award- You can do this online).

The Art Educator selected will need to provide VATA with a photograph for NAEA publicity before the end of October. They will be invited to receive their award at the VATA Conference and the NAEA Conference.  All nominees (but not nominators) must be members of NAEA and VATA.

Vermont Art Educator of the Year 2017

Support Materials

Briefly describe the work your nominee has done and why you believe they should receive the VATA Art Educator of the Year Award.

List degrees held, institutions attended and any other educational experience

or include a resume.

List professional organizations (including offices held, committee work, honors received, service etc.), publications, and or exhibits. Nominees must be members of VATA and the National Art Education Association.

Please attach an additional reference from individuals who know your nominee’s work as an art educator. Attach any other evidence of the nominee’s outstanding work or submit relevant online information.

The NAEA has been expanding their award categories. Recently we were asked for divisional nominees. Would you also like to nominate this art educator in one of these appropriate categories: Vermont Elementary Art Educator, Vermont Middle Level Art Educator or

Vermont Secondary Art Educator. You may also use the information you have gathered

to nominate this art educator for a National award.

The deadline for these NAEA awards is October 1st 2016

Vermont Art Educator awards should be received by October 26th 2016

They have helpful rubrics posted for these awards on their website. Current VATA board members are not eligible for The Vermont Art Educator award (Board members help select the recipient) but can be nominated for National awards.

We use similar criteria selected our  Teacher of the Year  but we are usually not overwhelmed by candidates.

Select digital images of student work would be helpful in publicizing our nominee (work will not be labeled with student names on our website or in email correspondence) We must have a photo of the  Art educator selected  as soon as possible for the NAEA and to post on our  VATA website . That photo must be received by November 15th

Anyone who is involved in Art Education can nominate for the 2017 Vermont Art Educator (nominations for other NAEA awards must be made by members).

We hope the Vermont Art Educator will be able to attend the VATA Fall Conference on November 5th 2016 to receive their award. The Vermont Teacher of the year will also be recognized at the National Art Education Conference in New York City in March 2017

We will notify the recipient by e-mail.

Please make sure you include an e-mail address for your nominee on your application.

Nominator’s Name:

Relation to Nominee:


City:State: Zip

Work Phone:


Nominations close on October 26thh …..earlier submissions are appreciated.

Deliver them or mail of e-mail them to arrive by that date since a determination will be made on a tight schedule to allow us to announce this at the Fall Conference. We will also accept e-mail submissions.

Please contact us if you need additional information ...... Letting us know your are working on a nomination is helpful

Email to request a PDF of the nomination form if needed

VATA c/o Rebecca Carleton

Randolph Elementary School

40 Ayers Brook

Randolph Vermont  05032

Email submissions to

Please use Art Educator Nomination  in your subject line