Friday, November 15, 2013
Julie McClendon, art teacher at William M. Reeves, Jr. Elementary, has been recognized by the online children’s art museum Artsonia for outstanding leadership in arts education.
The school’s online art gallery ranks #1 in the state and #27 in the nation.
The Leadership Award presented to McClendon honors teachers who go beyond the classroom walls to encourage family and community involvement in arts education. The award recognizes significant achievement in the area of technology integration within the school arts program. Student artwork is displayed online in the Artsonia gallery for parents and friends to visit.
McClendon and fellow art teacher Jill Hobbs approached Principal Laura Blanchard about using Artsonia to make student art work available to friends and family both near and far. She agreed and seven years later the Reeves Elementary School gallery showcased 6,889 pieces of artwork during the 2012-2013 school year. Family members can purchase keepsakes imprinted with the child’s artwork, with Artsonia donating 20 percent of the revenue back to the school. Blanchard promised the art teachers that the revenues generated would be returned to them for use in their classrooms.
Blanchard praised both McClendon and Hobbs as phenomenal educators who go above and beyond for students. “Through their efforts, Reeves Elementary is a living and breathing gallery of student artwork,” said Blanchard.