of the Year
2019 Art Educator of the Year
Susan Ruttle Lawrence
Adjunct Instructor, Co-Director and Academic Advisor, Art Education Program, Mount St. Joseph University, OH
“Mrs. Lawrence shared her wisdom, energy and excitement generously and patiently with hundreds of practicum and student teachers. She was the most in-demand cooperating mentor; student teachers pleaded to be placed under her guidance, knowing they would learn from the best. Consequently, she helped to shape the excellent quality of many future/now current art educators, influencing their programs and their students. An impressive legacy!” –Dr. Sharon Kesterson Bollen
2018 Art Educator of the Year
Linda Hoeptner-Poling, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer of Art Education at Kent State University Juliann Dorff writes, “Dr. Hoeptner-Poling is a steadfast, enthusiastic supporter of the Ohio Art Education Association, a leader on the national stage through her work with the National Art Education Association and the Kennedy Center’s VSA, the International Organization for the Arts and Individuals with Disabilities, the mentor of a generation of art educators currently successfully teaching the visual arts to children in PreK-12 classrooms across the country and the world.”