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Alumni News : Apr 22, 2015

Art Education graduate receives National Art Education Association Award

By Leland Henry

Laurie Myers (MA Art Education ‘13) received the 2015 Carrie Nordlund Pre-K-12 Feminist Pedagogy Award on March 27, 2015. The National Art Education Association Women’s Caucus (NAEAWC) gives this award to a pre-K through grade 12 art teacher who makes a special effort to infuse feminist pedagogy into his or her teaching practices.

Myers has been teaching art and journalism for 26 years for grades 5 through 12 as well as college-level courses. She said she has always incorporated feminist pedagogy into her teaching, but UF’s degree program has encouraged her to take a more active role in this philosophy.

“Through a mindset of feminist pedagogy, regarding each student with caring respect and as a valuable individual, I have found success with students,” said Myers.

NAEA members make the award nominations and a six-person selection committee selects the winner. Graduates from UF’s online Master of Arts in Art Education program have received this award for the past three years.

“UF's online Master of Arts in Art Education program encourages forward and critical thinking,” said Myers. “There is an emphasis on teaching and reaching all children and empowering each student.”

Myers said she would like to thank Professor Craig Roland and Adjunct Assistant Professor Elizabeth Delacruz for supporting and challenging her throughout the program.