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Art Educator of the Year

March 6th, 2017

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) has announced that Jonathan Grice, director of the Fine Arts Department at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, has received the 2017 Western Region Supervision/Administration Art Educator award for his contributions, service and achievements as an outstanding NAEA member at the regional level. The award was presented last week at the NAEA National Convention in New York.

The Des Plaines native and NIU alumnus (’02) was named the Illinois Art Education Association Administrator/Supervisor of the Year for 2016 in November. He has led Stevenson’s fine arts program since 2010, when he was selected to become its leader after five years as fine arts department chairman at Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside, Illinois.

“This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator,” said NAEA President Patricia Franklin. “Jonathan Grice exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession.”

NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in the nation’s fine art museums; administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts; state departments of education; arts councils; and teaching artists throughout the U.S. and foreign countries.