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Yesterday’s Celebration on the Arts

April 3, 2014

A glorious day!


Suzanne, George, Gloria

Yesterday was a great day at the State House for Visual and Performing Arts Education. The day started at 8:30 with the Bangor Children’s Choir performing at the opening of the legislative session and recognized by the members of the House.

Music and art students from several high schools were on hand in the Hall of Flags throughout the morning communicating about their involvement in the school arts education programs.

Peter Alexander, Executive Director and Elizabeth Watson, Chair emeritus from the Maine Alliance for Arts and Education welcomed guests.

Legislators from all over the state were present to participate in the event. It was great to hear from representatives from the Senate and House, Emily Cain, Robert Katz, and Mary Nelson.

Other speakers of the day included Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission, Julie Richard, Maine Art Education Association Art Advocate of the Year, Catherine Ring, and Jeff Poulin from the Americans for the Arts.

I think the most important message of the day came from Zack Fisher who serves on the Maine Alliance for Arts Education board as the student representative. I will post Zack’s message in the near future!

As I posted earlier on the meartsed blog Heidi O’Donnell, President of Maine Art Education and art teacher at Belfast High School worked with her students to create Arts Education pins that were distributed to each member of the House and Senate.

The highlight of the day was recognizing the accomplishments of Suzanne Goulet and Gloria Hewett. Suzanne received the Bill Bonyun Award and Gloria the Distinguished School Leadership Award. Their awards were created by artist George Mason. You can learn more about George in this video created at Gould Academy.


George taking a photo of his artwork with Suzanne and Gloria!

Thanks to MDI High School art educator Charlie Johnson for contributing the photos above for this blog post.

From the program…

The Bill Bonyun Award is given to an artist, educator, or community member who has made significant contributions to the arts in our schools, shown outstanding commitment and dedicated service in arts education, and been an inspiration to students, teachers, and the community. This year, MAAE honors Suzanne Goulet, visual arts educator from Waterville High School. “I don’t know when Suzanne sleeps, or the number of miles she has put on her truck over the years, traveling to meetings, conferences, and workshops to support art education and professional development. Suzanne is the kind of colleague who can be counted on to show up, to come up with ideas and solutions, to offer moral support and a good laugh. She always finds the time and energy to give her students as much as possible.” (quote from Stephanie Leonard)

The Distinguished School Leadership Award is given to a school leader or administrator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and support of the arts, established exemplary or innovative arts education programs, and promoted the importance of arts in the education of every child. This year, MAAE honors Gloria Hewett, an art teacher from Mt. View Middle School in Thorndike. “Gloria not only has developed and implemented a proficiency-based model of teaching and learning in her own classroom, but has supported her fellow colleagues within our district in doing the same. As a teacher leader with the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative, Gloria has prepared and presented numerous workshops throughout the state of Maine; supporting both state and district vision for transforming education.” (quote from Debra McIntyre)

MAAE also presents a special Certificate of Appreciation to Emily Bean of Bangor. Emily has served the Bangor community for many years as an active volunteer, board member and board officer in many of Bangor’s non-profit organizations. Emily’s generous and tireless fundraising efforts on behalf of arts education programs at the Bangor schools have earned her this special Certificate of Appreciation.






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.  


Another Teacher’s Story: Gloria Hewett

April 2, 2013

This is the 25th in a series of blog posts telling arts teacher’s stories. The first 19 were told last year by the phase I Maine Arts Assessment Initiative teacher leaders. The  series continues with the stories from the phase II teacher leaders. These posts contain a set of questions to provide the opportunity for you to read educators stories and to learn from others.

GloriaGloria Hewett has been teaching art for 24 years. For the past 13 years she has taught middle school art at Mount View Middle School in Thorndike. Gloria works with about 380 students during the school year in five, seven week rotations. She has 4 classes a day and sees her students every day for 7 weeks. She has a beautiful, new art room. In Gloria’s words: “It’s the best room I’ve ever had and I’m very happy here.
When I look back at my teaching career I realize how far I’ve journeyed as a person and a teacher. I started out my teaching career in Richford, Vermont, one mile from the Canadian border in a small, poor high school. I had an L shaped room with one tiny window in the back that I could barely fit through if there was an emergency. My room was under the gym and adjacent to the shop on one side and the band room on the other and with no sound proofing. I had daily headaches from no ventilation and the noise. My principal never came to my room to see how I was doing, not even once. I taught there for two years and determined that I needed to go back to school to get my masters degree and for the next two years I studied at the University of Arizona in Tucson.”

What do you like best about being an art educator?

Perhaps the thing I like best about teaching art is being surrounded every day by the energy of students learning about art, in whatever form that takes.  I like thinking that I’m bringing to my rural students an awareness of the possibilities of art within their lives.  I believe that a good teacher is paramount to a successful art education.  I also believe that students have success when they feel honored and respected as individuals.  Administrative support is also primary to the success of an art program and I have that in my district and within my building.

How have you found assessment to be helpful to you in your classroom?

I have been assessing student work for my entire teaching career although it has changed drastically from my first year as a teacher to the way I assess student work now. My students are involved in creating criteria for their work and they also help to assess their own work. Because students are involved it helps them to understand their learning and their progress more fully. I find it makes my part in the assessment process more comfortable because students are a part of it, it’s no longer me alone who determines their progress and their success.

What have been the benefits in becoming involved in the arts assessment initiative?

By being a part of the Arts Assessment Initiative I have looked more closely at what I do as an art teacher, both how I teach and how I assess. Assessment is not just about assessing but about how to make teaching better for students. I see assessment from the viewpoint of a student much differently now and that has helped me to be a more informed teacher. I’ve also learned much from working with my arts peers and gained a lot of confidence and support as part of the initiative. We, as arts teachers, work in such a bubble sometimes that we forget the bigger picture and working with other arts teachers over this last year has given me new perspective and new energy to continue to grow as a teacher.  It has also given me the impetus to continue to stay current within my field and to try to spread that growth within my own district.

What are you most proud of in your career?

I’m proud of the fact that I am still an energetic and involved teacher, that I create excitement about art for many of my students and that I still love my job and working with students. I believe that in the end it all comes down to the positive impact that we have on students and I believe I still have that. I do find that sometimes scheduling creates problems for me to do my best work.  As teachers we end up working around the needs of the institution and the time frames that drive that institution. We work around lunch and the high school and elementary schedule because we are in one building. We have many factors that need to be taken into account and sometimes it feels as though the schedule is more important than the needs of students.  And time, time is always an issue, probably for all teachers everywhere. Time to meet with colleagues, time to plan, time to reflect, time to help students stay on track, and time to relax.

What have you accomplished through hard work and determination that might otherwise appear at first glance to be due to “luck” or circumstances?

I feel that one of the reasons I have such good administrative and community support is because people do recognize my hard work and my true caring for my students and my program. I think people see that I put in a lot of time and effort to make my program successful. If I were to look ahead into the future I would advise young teachers to stay current in their field and to work toward things that benefit all students and not just the gifted few. I would suggest teachers create a good relationship with their administrators and community by having art shows and showing the public what happens in their programs.

If you were given a $500,000.00 to do with whatever you please, what would it be?

If I had lots of money to spend I would create permanent display areas for both two dimensional and three dimensional art within the lobbies of all the schools within my district. I would add an art room to each of the elementary schools in my district so the art teachers didn’t have to teach from a cart. I would add another art teacher to our high school so our students had more choices during the day to take art. I would make it possible for every student in middle school to visit an art museum at least once. I would put chorus and band back into our elementary music programs. I would also add a theater program and a dance program.

If you were given a $500,000.00 to do with whatever you please, what would it be?

I can imagine myself at 94 being just as full of energy and excitement as I am now. I can see myself still making art and even being involved with young people in some capacity. I can see my love of art being a part of my life even at 94, it’s the one thread that has remained constant since I was a little girl and I don’t see that changing. Regret my life and what I’ve done? Never. I will always strive to be the best that I can be, that will never change.

Thank you for sharing your story Gloria!

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