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Conroe ISD Art Teachers Recognized


(L-R): Erin A. Bodhaine and Jenny L. Lucas.

(L-R): Erin A. Bodhaine and Jenny L. Lucas.

Woodlands Arts Council Presents The Dr. David Gottlieb Outstanding Teaching Achievement In The Arts Award

Jenny L. Lucas with The Woodlands High School and Erin A. Bodhaine with The Woodlands College Park High School have both been awarded the 2016 Dr. David Gottlieb Outstanding Teaching Achievement in the Arts Award presented by The Woodlands Arts Council.

Each year, The Dr. Gottlieb Award of $2,000 each is presented to two local teachers in the categories of Visual Arts and Performing Arts who demonstrated excellence in their field, exceptional leadership, and a high level of dedication to students by creating an environment that excites and stimulates the students toward self-expression through the arts.

Lucas and Bodhaine were nominated by fellow colleagues, students and members of the community for going beyond the ordinary teaching duties. A panel of judges evaluated specific examples on how the nominee met the award criteria, with an emphasis on how the teacher continues to enhance the community through their own artistic talents and contributions.

“Year after year we are faced with a tough decision as the quality and talents of each nominee is beyond extraordinary,” said Kayleen Barton, community and education outreach director for Because Art Matters. “Both of these teachers are passionate about the arts and the students they teach. That is both contagious and inspiring, and we are grateful for their contributions in the community.”

Lucas, 2016 Visual Arts Recipient, teaches Drawing II, III, IV; AP art history; and AP studio art at The Woodlands High School. With 12 years’ experience teaching art, Lucas serves as the visual art department chair. Her philosophy is to show positive regard to her students and encourage personal growth.

“I do not just count blue ribbons or gold keys as the only signs of those successes,” says Lucas. “In less than a month, we will see 31 original portraits given as keepsakes to orphaned children in Ethiopia because my students wanted to make art that served a larger purpose than filling another spot in their AP portfolios.”

Bodhaine, 2016 Performing Arts Recipient, teaches choir at The Woodlands College Park High School. She has dedicated 15 years to choir in Conroe ISD and believes that there is a place in the program for every student to learn, grow and discover music. “In my opinion, if I can’t teach any child who wants to learn music, I am not truly a teacher of the arts,” says Bodhaine. “I strive to respect all students and encourage them to bring their own diverse backgrounds, beliefs and personalities into our creative process.”

The Dr. Gottlieb Awards were created in 2009 by Dr. David Gottlieb to spotlight the important role that the arts play in education. Dr. Gottlieb found that in the public school setting, teachers of the arts are seldom recognized and often not fully appreciated. He wanted to have a prestigious award that highlighted the extraordinary effort and dedication of unsung teachers of the arts. For more information, visit woodlandswaterwayartscouncil.org or email kayleenbecauseartmatters@gmail.com.


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