My name is Craig Huffman, and I’m looking forward to being your new OAEA Secondary Chair. Weeks away from beginning my eighteenth year as an art educator, I teach drawing, painting and computer graphics at
Pickerington High School Central.
For the last several years, I’ve contemplated doing something for the OAEA. I’ve watched my best friend and co-worker, Matt Young, work as the OAEA’s Public Relations representative, its Secondary Chair, and currently its 1st Vice President. As the secondary chair, Matt was working hard to initiate more professional development opportunities for art teachers. When he moved up to the 1st V.P. position, I volunteered to step in and help.
My main goal as the Secondary Chair is to continue the work that Matt started by creating more professional development opportunities for art teachers. As a community, we have so many skills, innovations, and experiences to share. With all of this knowledge, we don’t need to be reliant upon expensive outside resources to grow as educators or to advance our careers.
Speaking of sharing experiences, the OAEA conference is quickly approaching. If you haven’t gone to conference yet, I encourage you to attend. I just started a few years ago, and am totally hooked on the experience! It’s a great place for new ideas, networking, and having fun with people who are passionate about teaching art.
I hope to see you there.