Posts Tagged ‘Carol Trimble award’

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Kate Smith

October 17, 2018

Receiving her Carol Trimble Award

If you missed yesterday’s blog post I hope you’ll go back and read about Kate Smith and her recent honor receiving the Carol Trimble Award for her work with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. Below are some photos taken by Lindsay Pinchbeck at the very moment Kate was surprised! And a photo of Kate back at Central School with some of her third grade students and her certificate. On the screen behind is a photo of the Lanternfest that Kate works on with her community.

Kate with one of her third grade classes with her Carol Trimble award.

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Carol Trimble Award

October 16, 2018

Kate Smith – CONGRATULATIONS!

During the pre-MICA Arts Education conference at USM two weeks ago the Carol Trimble Award was presented to Kate Smith. The award is presented to an educator who contributes exemplary service to the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative/Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) for their commitment, collaborative spirit and contributions. Carol Trimble was an amazing advocate for arts education. She retired as Executive Director from the Maine Alliance for Arts Education. The award was established in 2013 to honor Carol and her work.

Kate with one of her third grade classes with her Carol Trimble award.

Kate is an energetic music teacher currently teaching music to 430 preK-third grade students at Central Elementary School in South Berwick, Maine where she has been since 2003. Kate earned her music education degree from USM and a Master’s degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University. Kate was honored as 2014 York County Teacher of the Year for her passion for innovation and creativity. Kate serves as a teacher leader and design team member for the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, the Parade Coordinator for South Berwick’s annual Lanternfest and a coordinator for Central School’s farm-to-table program. Kate lives in southern Maine with her amazing husband and three children.

Music Educator Kris Bisson, Kate Smith, teaching artist Brian Evans-Jones at the MALI Mega 2018

Kate is well respected in the education world, not only for music but for her work continuing work with the outdoor classroom at Central School. Kate is a remarkable grant writer and many learners of all ages have benefited in her school and community. She has presented many workshops on a variety of topics for conferences at the local, regional and state level. Her most recent was for the Pre-Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) leading the music/dance session and at the MICA facilitating a panel discussion with teaching artists and PK-12 arts teachers.

Kate presenting at the MALI summer institute 2017

In 2014 Kate became a MALI Teacher Leader and willingly shared her enthusiasm for learning. In 2015 she was part of a MALI team who traveled to  Washington, D.C. for the Teach to Lead Summit. Kate enthusiastically embraced the Logic Model the team was introduced to and ever since has guided the MALI work. Kate is so engaged in how the model can impact each of us she often stays up late writing logic models. She is the
“Logic Model Guru”. Her excitement of having the then US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sit at our table at the summit was contagious. In 2015 Kate became a member of the team who guides the MALI work where she continually gives 100% with every task and responsibility. Kate has co-led the work with the MALI Teaching Artist Leaders introducing them to the many facets of teaching and learning. Her experience working with teaching artists in her school/community has enhanced learning opportunities for many. Kate is dependable, collaborative, honest, a life-long learner, has high expectations, fun to be around, and totally committed to whatever she takes on.

I had the pleasure of traveling to Islesford with Kate at the end of the summer to meet and visit with Ashley Bryan. It was a remarkable and very special gift. Kate was so inspired that on her return she incorporated what she learned to pass on to her students and colleagues. Kate has the ability to process quickly and put ideas into action without hesitation.

With Arne Duncan, Teach to Lead Summit, summer 2015

Catherine Ring, co-founder of MALI, Executive Director of the New England Institute for Teacher Education and Visual Art Educator, has worked closely with Kate and said the following about her: Kate is an inspirational leader for arts education. She is an intelligent and passionate advocate for the arts and it’s been a pleasure to work with her for the past 6 years at the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative.

Kate took a moment out of her busy schedule to answer a couple of questions for the Maine Arts Education blog readers.

On Islesford visiting Ashley Bryan

What’s your favorite part about teaching? How do I narrow it down!?!  When you see students not only master what you’ve taught them but then own their learning. Hearing students hum, sing, or whistle the songs I’ve taught them. The joy on my students’ faces when they are creating, performing, listening and responding to music. Hearing parents say how much they love hearing their children sing in the car, at the table, in the bathroom, or in bed when they are supposed to be asleep. Knowing the children are making precious memories by sharing their singing, playing and dancing with their parents (and grandparents!) makes my heart sing!

Kate Smith, 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year and MALI music educator Kaitlin Young, Argy Nestor, Pre-MICA 2018

What are you most proud of from your career as an educator? The relationships I have made. Someone once said, in order to raise yourself up you must surround yourself with people you aspire to follow. I have been able to learn from incredible educators from across the state and region through the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, the Maine Teacher of the Year Association, USM, Lesley University, the Marshwood School District and countless other networks. There have been people who challenge me, inspire me, stretch me, believe in me. They’ve saved me a place at the table, encouraged me to use my voice, to amplify my students’ voices and have taught me to expect more from our legislators and policy makers.

CONGRATULATIONS KATE SMITH – this years awardee for the Carol Trimble Award!

Previous recipients include:

  • Catherine Ring and Rob Westerberg
  • Bronwyn Sale
  • Jeffrey Beaudry
  • Charlie Johnson

 

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Carol Trimble Award

October 14, 2015

Congratulations Charlie Johnson!

IMG_0360At the Biennial Statewide Arts Education Conference The Measure of Success Visual and Media Arts Educator Charlie Johnson was very surprised when he was presented the Carol Trimble award. It was a wonderful moment and a well deserved Charlie, appeared stunned. Present were not only visual and performing arts colleagues from across the state, but his principal Matt Haney and many of his family members surprised him as well.

The following was read during the presentation:

The Carol Trimble Award is presented for Exemplary Service to Education. This coveted awarded has only been presented four times in its history. Established in 2011 to honor Carol Trimble who served as the Executive Director of the Maine Alliance for Arts Education. Carol worked tirelessly for many years advocating for quality arts education for all students.

The recipient of this award exemplifies the ideals that Carol held in high esteem – doing outstanding work continuously to provide opportunities for all students and working collaboratively with other teachers, administration, community members, parents, and most importantly students.

IMG_0361This person has been a Teacher Leader since MALI started in 2005. He is a true leader – sharing his knowledge – listening and leading – he co-presented with his students, with a teaching colleague and one with his principal. I pick up the phone when I need an opinion on a topic and ask for his advice. Charlie Johnson, please come forward to accept the Carol Trimble award.

From Dan Stillman, Charlie’s colleague at Mount Desert Island High School: Charlie is my art teacher superhero! He is an exemplary educator who “exceeds the standard” for arts advocacy in our school and across the state. He is only “approaching standard”, however, when it comes to waiting for proficiency-based education to replace old-school grading. He is ready for an educational paradigm shift NOW! I’d place Charlie in the top 1% of his class, give him an A++ for effort and offer him extra credit for being fun to work with!

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Charlie’s family comes up to congratulate Charlie!

From the Secretary of State Matt Dunlap: I was thrilled to hear you were named the recipient of the Carol Trimble Award for Exemplary Service to Arts Education. Growing up in the art world in a household of skilled craftsmen, I always appreciated your pragmatic understanding of what art is and what it does for people, and how important the creative process is to every aspect of our lives. You clearly convey that to your students, and I have no doubt it makes them bolder, more thoughtful and hopeful citizens because of your teachings.

Charlie’s students said this about him: Way-Dedicated, Funky, Passionate, Super-duper-knowledgeable, Hip, Entertaining, Has high expectations and is a total Renaissance Man!

I am proud to call Charlie a colleague and a friend and so grateful that he has chosen arts education to dedicate his career to. Please join me in thanking Charlie Johnson from Mount Desert Island High School for his total commitment to education.

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Charlie says a few words after accepting his award.

 

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Charlie’s family is part of the surprise. Here they are waiting in the lobby at Point Lookout Conference Center for the right moment.

Thanks to Heidi O’Donnell and Catherine Ring for the photos.

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