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Art teachers Mary Gaynor (Jamestown), Laurie Clark (Jamestown), Ashley Hendrix and Monica Stroik (Taylor) presented Putting the Art in STEAM at the National Art Education Conference (NAEA) earlier this month. Their presentation showcased their ideas, strategies, and resources for designing art-rich STEAM learning experiences. Educators from around the country learned how Arlington art teachers integrate art with math and science and incorporate technology and movement.

Wakefield family and consumer science teacher Shaivy Mukherji along with student teacher Melat Tarekegn attended the 2017 Virginia Educators Rising Leadership Conference held on Mar. 4 at Osbourn High School in Manassas City. This one-day event was an exciting opportunity for the Commonwealth’s future teacher/leaders to exhibit their talents. Tarekegn participated in an individual event “Children’s literature (K-3).” She wrote a children’s book and presented in front of a panel of educator judges. In addition, Career Center Early Childhood Education teacher Ruth Bilodeau and Vicki Taylor from the Office of Professional Development served as educator judges in other student event competitions.

Barcroft Special Education teacher Kristin Shymoniak was the recipient of the AASA (The School Superintendents Association) Women in School Leadership award in the school-based educator category. She was recently honored at the AASA national conference in New Orleans. Click here to watch a video of what the award means to Shymoniak.

Swanson sixth grade English teacher and Instructional Lead Teacher Beth Sanderson is featured in the NEA Magazine article, “Art and Text Unite!”

Arlington Community High School librarian Deah Hester was recently published in School Library Journal with an article entitled “Immigrant Students Worry as Librarian Lends Support.”