CAEA PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR AWARDS

CAEA annually accepts nominations from its membership for active and current CAEA members who have demonstrated
exemplary instruction in their schools and who have made an impact on those around and to our organization. Awards
are made for elementary, middle, secondary, higher education, museum, and administration art education. Furthermore,
CAEA annually selects one of its members to receive the Outstanding Visual Art Educator of the Year Award for the
State of California who is also honored each year at the National Art Education Association national convention. The
deadline for submitting nomination applications is January 1 to your Area President

PROFESSIONAL AWARD WINNERS FOR 2013

STATE AWARDS

Julie Tonkovich

JULIE TONKOVICH
Outstanding Visual Art Educator of the Year

As an artist, there is joy in creating art and there is joy in finding meaning in art. I'm interested in themes of identity and self, community and place, storytelling and memory, popular culture and social issues. There is joy in displaying art, the same kind of joy I felt when my kindergarten teacher first hung one of my paintings in class.

As a teacher, I want my students to experience that same kind of joy in my classroom--creating, responding to and sharing their art. The arts provide for deeper learning while preparing students for the 21st century, via critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration. In the art classroom, I include an arts vocabulary to increase discernment, art production to communicate ideas, historical contexts to provide cultural frames of reference, philosophical inquiry to make informed judgments and extensions beyond the classroom to encourage global thinking. I make "choice and voice" central to an arts education.

As a professional, I am aware that art education trends change over time, and as a lifelong learner, I continually attend classes and workshops to increase content knowledge, pedagogical skills and use of technology in order to have a meaningful impact on student learning. But it’s not only about content and pedagogy. It’s also about the “whole child”. I begin the school year with community building. It’s like the theme song from the old television show Cheers – “…you want to go where everybody knows your name.” Students are willing to take risks in a safe environment when they feel known and accepted.

Outstanding Visual Art Educators

Reta Rickmers
E'lyssa Zuer
Tracey Cheney
Betsy Holster
Russ Sperling
Reta Rickmers
Secondary Level

E'lyssa Zuer
Middle Level
Tracy Cheney
Elementary Level
Betsy Holster
Higher Education 
Russ Sperling
Administration/
Supervison
  

Amberleigh Quinn
Terry Allen
Amberleigh Quinn
Rookie of the Year
Terry Allen
Active Retired

AREA AWARDS

Kristen Wiegand
Suzette Morrow
Kathryn Olson
Audrey Brown
Tina Naif
Kristen Wiegand
Ruth Jansen
Northern Area 
Suzette Milam-Morrow
Ruth Jansen
Central Area
Kathryn Olson
Ruth Jansen
Southern Area
Audrey Brown
Award of Merit
Northern Area
Tina Naif
Award of Merit
Southern Area

Kathleen Crocetti
Hnak Washington
Lora Sanders
Kathleen Crocetti
Douc Langur
Northern Area
 Hank Washington 
Douc Langur
Central Area
Lora Sanders
Douc Langur
Southern Area

CAEA AWARDS PROGRAM

The CAEA Awards Program is open to all CAEA members and features both State and Area awards. The same form can be used for various awards nominations. Send completed forms to your Area Presidents by January 1.      CAEA Awards Criteria CAEA Awards Criteria     CAEA Awards Nomination Form  To fill out the form digitally, use this Word version. CAEA Awards Nomination Form

Ruth Jansen Award

Every year CAEA gives out one to three Ruth Jansen Awards who receive a cash award. The funding for this award is provided by a special memorial trust fund established in memory of Ruth Jansen by her family, friends, and the community. We are grateful for the support and recognition this has provided for professional educators since 1983.  There is also a special award given to one senior high school YAM winner from each Area.
Who was Ruth Jansen?  Read about this tremendous supporter of arts education: Ruth Jansen

For additional information or questions, contact Julie Tonkovich, CAEA Professional Awards Chair

NAEA AWARDS PROGRAM  NAEA logo

The NAEA Awards program is open to all NAEA members. Growing in scope since its inception, the program features awards ranging from the state, to regional and national levels, and continues to add new awards.  The 2014 NAEA Awards Program Booklet contains details and nomination materials for over 100 awards. If you wish to nominate an NAEA member, download the 2014 Award Forms . Additional information can also be found at www.arteducators.org/awards. The deadline for submitting nominations for most awards is October 1 of each year.

Have a question about NAEA awards? E-mail awards@arteducators.org

RELATED RESOURCES AND LINKS:

List of All CAEA State and Area Award Recipients by Year through 2013
List of All CAEA State and Area Award Recipients Alphabetically through 2013

 

 
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