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Nominate a Deserving Colleague

February 7, 2023

Opportunities to recognize a music educator

Maine Music Educators Association Awards

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 is the deadline for nominations for the following awards: 

Outstanding New Music Educator Award

Hall of Fame Award

Educator of the Year

Outstanding Administrator Award

Educator Appreciation Award

MONDAY, MAY May 1 is the deadline for nominations for the following awards: 

The MMEA Longevity and Retire Recognition Awards recognize the service achievement of music educators at the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 year–and beyond. This award also celebrates educators who are planning to retire in 2023. Nominate a deserving colleague–or yourself!

Applications are here: Longevity And Retiree Recognitions

Complete information on the MMEA awards program is at THIS LINK.

2021 Music Educator of the Year
MAEPLE (Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader)
Dorie Tripp
RSU #38 Maranacook Schools


MAEA Awards

November 16, 2019

Consider nominating someone

The Maine Art Education Association MAEA has an annual awards program which recognizes teachers in several categories.

  • Elementary, Middle, High School MAEA Art Educator of the Year
  • Higher Ed Art Educator of the Year
  • Museum Educator of the Year
  • Retired MAEA Art Educator of the
  • Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year
  • Student Art Educator of the Year Folder (Deadline June 1st)

If you know of a teacher who inspires and deserves to be recognized for their commitment to visual art education consider nominating them for one of the awards.

The nomination deadline is the first Friday in January (with the exception of “student”. More information and the nomination papers are located at THIS LINK. Don’t wait, check out the nomination paperwork today!


College Board Recognition

January 31, 2015

Excellence and Innovation Awards

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MAEA Awardees

April 22, 2014

Honoring our colleagues

Nothing like the opportunity to honor and celebrate the good work of arts educators! Congratulations to Allison, Jennifer, Brian, Janie, and Jenny!


Allison Price – Maine’s 2014 Art Educator of the Year

Allison’s passion, along with educating and creating art are quality art shows. Chair of the MAEA Member Exhibitions, Allison is prime to share her gifts. Exhibitions occur every year with some multiple opportunities taking advantage of varying locations. Allison is a true collaborator working with other dedicated volunteers and location staff ensuring that the experience is as committed to a professional experience as we are committed to our practice. Sharing what Maine Art Educators do inside and outside of the classroom studio, including the blending of exhibition, education and all the benefits that provide opportunities to share practice beyond theory.

Allison is a committed Brunswick High School art educator. The work exhibited in her classroom studio, school and collegial sharing opportunities reflects a talented educator with a strong ability to work with young student artists to produce artworks with evidence of inquiry and quality. Allison is passionate, friendly, professional and always available to help. She is genuine, highly trained in her field and devoted. Devoted to art education, art making, art exhibitions, and her colleagues! A grand slam. Congratulations Allison!



Jennifer Merry – Maine’s 2014 High School Art Educator of the Year

Jennifer Merry has taught visual art at Thornton Academy for 28 years. Innovative, creative, and a caring educator, she has a natural ability to lead by example in the classroom, guiding students toward their own art-related accomplishments.
Jennifer is an artist who inspires us all to be better people. One of Jennifer’s true gifts is her compassion for others. Her classroom is a joyous, safe, inviting place where students can summon their creativity and become an artist on a whole new level.

She currently teaches Painting, Drawing, Illustration, and Visual Art I. She also co-teaches an after-school class for female students called Sailing through Girlhood. She is the TA Art Club Advisor, Co-Founder and Member of the Permanent Art Collection Committee, and Co-Founder and Member of Cinderella’s Closet, which recycles dresses for students in need. She currently Chairs the Mentor Support Team, a group of trained faculty that assist new teachers.

She is a painter, draftswoman, and photographer whose work has been exhibited in local art exhibits. Jennifer lives in Kennebunkport with her husband John and she has two sons, Johnny and Charlie. She also teaches Sunday School at South Congregational Church in  Kennebunkport.



Jane Snider – Maine’s 2014 Maine Middle Level Art Educator of the Year

Ms. Janie Snider is truly one of the best. Janie knows how to engage learners while simultaneously addressing educational standards; reads professionally and attends educational seminars; and continues to grow as a teacher and leader in her field. She has conducted several teacher workshops demonstrating how to unpack the Maine Learning Results Visual Arts Standards.

During her tenure at Hancock Grammar School, Ms. Snider has involved fifth grade students in the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, a program designed to bring artists from Maine and around the world to sculpture a single piece of public art from Maine granite.  This field trip reaches across the curriculum as it encompasses art, writing, science, social studies, and math which aligned with the Maine Learning Results, Visual and Performing Arts Standards.

Ms. Snider involves parents and community members through her thoughtful and creative projects. Soup for the Soul, involves students from grades 6-8 sold during the benefit, proceeds going toward a charitable cause for a community member who suffered from ALS.

Because Ms. Snider is explicitly thoughtful about her classroom practices, her students learn to do art well. She simply knows how to bring out the best in her students, and … isn’t that really what good teaching is all about?



Brian McPherson – Maine’s 2014 Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Brian McPherson is remarkable. While he is truly a committed visual art educator of the highest caliber he is also an advocate for good teaching, good learning, and good outcomes for people of all types across all situations:  students, colleagues, parents, and educators.

Brian is dedicated to his students’ art, his drive to showcase their creativity on the school walls, in district level buildings, in local community venues, art museums and galleries, and even the State House in Augusta. He is driven to improve himself and his practice. He was supported by his school district to earn National Board Teacher Certification in 2007, the first elementary art teacher in the state to earn the honor. His professional life has taken him to various parts of Europe, Southeast Asia and China, where what he brings back are not merely cultural artifacts, but inspiration for what’s next in his curriculum development.

As a member of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative he has been a conference presenter and curriculum developer for the Resource Bank. His work has been recognized and selected to be part of a video series highlighting Standards Based Art Education at the Elementary Level.  A true career professional art educator, Brian’s Principal, Rick Dedek II states, “Brian is one of the best teachers I have ever known.”


Jennifer Kowtko- PORTRAIT

Jennifer Kowtko – Maine’s 2014 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year

Jenny is a 2013 graduate of the Maine College of Art Masters of Art in Teaching program. She also holds a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Jenny has over a decade of freelance illustration and other work experience, which has given her a wealth of professional experiences that she is able to draw upon in her teaching. Since graduating from MECA, Jenny has spent the current school year as a long-term sub at Windham Primary School and most recently at Kennebunk High School, where she will finish out the duration of the year teaching Art Foundations, Painting, and I.B. (International Baccalaureate) Visual Art.

A New Jersey native, Jenny has been proud to call Portland, Maine her home for the last 11 years. She is grateful for the wisdom and generosity of her own mentors, coworkers, and former teachers, the love and support of her husband Brian, and the undying loyalty of her adopted cattle dog. With great enthusiasm and anticipation, Jenny is currently seeking an art teacher position for the coming school year.





MAEA Awards

April 14, 2014

Several recognized!

What a pleasure it was to attend the awards presentation for the Maine Art Education Association. Last year the program changed considerably and the new tradition continues by celebrating the accomplishments and teaching excellence of several art educators with different roles. When I attend these type of events my heart swells with pride just thinking about the impact that arts educators have on the development of young people!

Below are the awards that were presented for 2014.

  • National Board Certification Recognition: Genevieve M. Keller, Windsor Elementary School, RSU 12
  • Pre-Service Student: Jennifer Kowtko, Maine College of Art
  • Elementary Art Educator of the Year: Brian D. McPherson, Woodside Elementary School, Topsham
  • Middle Level Art Educator of the Year: Janie Snider, Hancock Grammar School, RSU 24
  • Secondary Art Educator of the Year: Jennifer Merry, Thornton Academy, Saco
  • Maine Art Educator of the year, Allison Price, Brunswick High School

Brian, Allison (with Janie), Genevieve, Jennifer K, Jennifer M.

Brian, Allison (with Janie), Genevieve, Jennifer K, Jennifer M.


CONGRATS to Suzanne and Gloria!

April 2, 2014

Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Teacher Leaders receive awards today!

As you know Maine and arts education is fortunate to have 52 arts educators who have stepped up and taken on the role of “teacher leader” with the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). Some of the 52 teachers have participated in all three of the MAAI phases, some two and some one. Each of them have contributed immensely.

During the three phases four educators have received the Carol Trimble award for their commitment to visual and performing arts education in Maine. In the summer and fall of 2010 Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring helped to create the MAAI after traveling to the New England Assessment Institute in New Hampshire. Both are members of the MAAI leadership team and received the award in October 2011.

In March of 2013, Jeff Beaudry who teaches in the Educational Leadership program at USM received the Carol Trimble award for his contributions to MAAI. Jeff is an incredible collaborative leader and has a special way of bringing out the best in each of our teacher leaders. His knowledge of assessment has been greatly appreciated.

In October 2013, Bronwyn Sale received the Carol Trimble award. Bronwyn taught high school art before moving to Bates College where she instructs in the teacher preparation program. Her willingness to share her knowledge of arts education and especially creativity has been valued.

At the Youth Art Month opening at the Portland Museum of Art recently, Catherine Ring received the Art Advocate of the Year award from the Maine Art Education Association. Catherine continuously contributes in her role with MAAI and as the Executive Director of the New England Institute for Teacher Education. She offers graduate courses on a variety of topics including arts education.

Catherine, Waterville Senior High School art teacher Suzanne Goulet, and I just returned from the National Art Education Convention where we presented on the MAAI and the use of technology. It was a wonderful convention (and very beautiful in San Diego). While there, the Maine Art Education Association newsletter was recognized for the quality publication which comes out monthly and authored by Suzanne. It is worth being a member just to receive the newsletter.


And today, at the State House in Augusta, the Maine Alliance for Arts Education will be holding Arts Education Day . The program includes a morning filled with student performances, exhibit tables and opportunities to speak to legislators. At noon a formal program will include recognition of two arts educators, Suzanne Goulet and Mount View Middle School art teacher Gloria Hewett. Both are MAAI teacher leaders. Suzanne is the recipient of the Bill Bonyun award which is given to a teacher, parent or community member in honor of Bill who was a musician that provided quality arts education to many students during his lifetime. Gloria is the recipient of the Distinguished School Leadership Award which is presented to a school leader or teacher who is an exemplary leader promoting quality arts education.


CONGRATULATIONS to both Suzanne and Gloria and thanks to those who nominated their colleagues.  


Nominations Being Accepted

January 12, 2012

Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) is looking for nominations

You can help to locate and honor those who have contributed significantly to arts education for Maine students. The deadline has been extended for the following nominations:

  •  Outstanding Administrator Advocate for Arts Education Award: deadline extended to January 23, 2012
  • Bill Bonyun Award (artist, parent, community member, teacher): deadline extended to January 23, 2012
  • National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (student): deadline January 27, 2012.

Visit the MAAE website for details and nomination forms.


MAAE Awards

December 11, 2011

Nominate Someone Who Deserves Recognition!

Help locate and honor those who have contributed significantly to arts education for Maine students. Visit Maine Alliance for Arts Education’s (MAAE) website for details and nomination forms for these MAAE awards:

  • Outstanding Administrator Advocate for Arts Education Award: deadline January 9, 2012.
  • Bill Bonyun Award (artist, parent, community member, teacher): deadline January 9, 2012.
  • National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (student): deadline January 27, 2012.

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