Release Date: 3/8/2018
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Sudbrook Magnet Middle teacher receives national art educator award

Jayme Rodriguez to be honored later this month

TOWSON, MD. –The National Art Education Association has named Baltimore County Public Schools teacher Jayme Rodriguez as recipient of its 2018 New Professional Art Educator Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes excellence and achievement by new art educators.

Rodriguez, who teaches at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School and lives in Lutherville-Timonium, will receive the award during the NAEA National Convention in Seattle, March 22-24, 2018.

“We are extremely proud of Mrs. Rodriguez and her contributions to her visual arts students and the Sudbrook Magnet community,” said Principal Gordon Webb. “Her creativity, innovation, and enthusiasm inspire students and fellow educators within our school and throughout Baltimore County Public Schools. She is most deserving of this award and recognition. Mrs. Rodriguez believes that all of her students have the ability to grow through the discipline of visual arts. I believe that she gets a great sense of satisfaction when her students finish a work of art that they are proud to claim as their own. This is her second year in this wonderful profession of education, and she already possesses many characteristics of a master teacher.”

Sherri Fisher, BCPS visual arts coordinator, expressed similar thoughts about Rodriguez. “Jamye’s first year teaching reads like that of a veteran teacher,” said Fisher. “In her first year, she took over as sponsor for the National Junior Art Honor Society, presented at both state and national conferences, and developed a methodology around arts-integration that connected traditions of the school with new big ideas. Jayme’s dedication to her students, collaboration, and art education will take her a long way in her career.”

Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art and art history from The George Washington University, completed post-baccalaureate studies in art education at Towson University, and earned a master’s degree in art education from Concordia University, Montreal. Before teaching, she worked as an education coordinator for the Walters Art Museum.

For more information about NAEA and its awards program visit the NAEA website.

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