By Anna Skinner
On April 14, Arts for Learning, an organization that acts as a voice of the arts in Indiana schools and communities, announced Carey Ridge Elementary art teacher Katie Collier as the winner of the Arts Champion Award.
Collier was nominated for the award by Principal Susan Hobson. She was selected because she focuses her energy on helping the students understand and appreciate the power of the arts.
“It is an honor to be recognized as the 2015 Indiana Art for Learning Arts Champion,” Collier said. “I am deeply grateful to receive this award and thank you for all of your support.”
Carey Ridge Elementary awarded Collier with the recognition at a staff meeting. The next week, the teachers all wore orange Arts for Learning T-shirts to recognize Collier even more.
In the upcoming weeks, Carey Ridge will be hosting a variety of events for their students, such as Jill Broadhacker from Jilly Jack Designs as the 2015 Visiting Artist. By embracing the arts and establishing a relationship with Arts for Learning, the students are learning cognitive diversity.
“Given the opportunity for students to share and explore these collaborative skills will enable them to better implement innovative solutions for the future,” Collier said. “The Carey Ridge Elementary teaching staff plays an enormous role in my success as an art educator. I believe the key element is collaboration.”
By having an array of school collaborative projects, the teachers share knowledge and expertise with each other to make a greater impact on student learning.
“This is an exceptional honor for Mrs. Collier and Carey Ridge,” Hobson stated.
Collier’s whole family attended the celebration, and she received a standing ovation from the staff.
To learn more about Arts for Learning, visit www.artsforlearningindiana.org.