Dr. Michael Tefs, superintendent for the Wooster City School District, was recently named by the East Region of the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) as the 2019 Distinguished Educator for Art Education.
“I am extremely grateful to our art faculty for their application to OAEA. They are an amazing collection of professional educators and it is my pleasure to support them,” said Wooster City School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “Receiving this award is incredibly heart-warming and I am so very appreciative of the recognition.”
The OAEA names a distinguished educator for art education in each of the eight districts it represents. Individuals are honored for their “powerfully engaging work and tremendous impact they’ve had on their students,” according to their website, ohioarted.com.
“It was my honor to nominate Dr. Tefs because of his extensive support for the visual arts,” said Dawn Blattel,visual arts teacher at Edgewood Middle School. “Over the last 10 years, I have repetitively witnessed Dr. Tefs dedicated commitment to educating the whole child, especially as it relates to the collective Fine Arts. Additionally, administrators have come to our OAEA conference to support us during our presentations and it is evident that we are backed from Dr. Tefs as we are encouraged to grow and share creative ideas with other Ohio art educators.” Leni Huffman, elementary art teacher, was also a contributing applicant who worked to submit the application on behalf of the entire art faculty.