North Ridgeville Academic Center 5-8 visual and digital art teacher Kathy Stalker-Bailey was recognized as an Outstanding Art Teacher in the Northeast Region at the Ohio Art Education Association Conference held in Columbus November 14-15. Bailey was nominated for the award by a former colleague, Georgann Blair.
Blair mentioned many of Stalker-Bailey’s accolades but pinpointed the continuous innovation that she has instilled in the art curriculum, as well as her enthusiasm to learn new ideas that can be used in the classroom.
Stated in Blair’s nomination, “Stalker-Bailey came to art education after a career as a graphic designer and successfully blended her expertise of both visual art and technology to create a unique signature of her teaching. Stalker-Bailey used this voice to advocate for a digital graphics course and curriculum she wrote and implemented for sixth and seventh-graders to enjoy.”
Blair added “She has written art curriculum for grades 2-3, and while teaching elementary school, presented the idea of collaboration with core teachers. Visual literacy sessions were implemented rather than cutting time from elementary art.”
Stalker-Bailey is a co-advisor for the middle school art club and a member of the OAEA and National Art Education Association.