While more and more fine arts classes are being dropped from the schedule in public schools, Morton Middle School art teacher Kate Brookshire knows how important these classes are to her students. She and the Vandalia-Butler City Schools are committed to a strong arts program, benitting the students.
“Art provides middle school students with the opportunity to express themselves, discover who they are and explore a variety of concepts they can make their own by being willing to experiment with processes and techniques,” Brookshire said.
Brookshire is being recognized for her commitment to her students and to the art program in the Vandalia-Butler City Schools. The Ohio Art Education Association will recognize Brookshire as the 2016 Middle Division Award Winner at their conference in November.
“Kate Brookshire is an excellent example of consistent commitment to students, while promoting art and art education to the school and the greater community,” Linda Hoeptner Poling, OAEA Awards Chair, said.
Brookshire is one of the organizers of the annual Elevate the Arts program held at Morton Middle School, showcasing the talent of Vandalia-Butler students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Morton Principal Shannon White says Brookshire is passionate about the arts.
“She is effective in conveying the importance of the arts to her students. She is able to reach some students who may struggle with academics otherwise because she helps them to discover and build upon the talent they may possess in art. She does a great job of getting to know students and making connections with them,” White said.
And it is all of her students Brookshire tries to connect with, whether they are a budding artist or just an average middle school student working on a project.
“I want my students to feel comfortable trying something new. Regardless of their ability, I am here to help them work through a resolution. They often surprise themselves with the ideas they come up with, and I enjoying seeing their ideas,” Brookshire said.
Many of those ideas will come to life at the Elevate the Arts program scheduled for April 13, 2017 at Morton Middle School. The event is open to the community.