Elementary Art Educator of the Year Award
Dr. Wonda Hillard supports arts education at Bell’s Crossing Elementary with her passion for the arts. She brings her own artwork into lessons to model for students. She works collaboratively with local artists to develop a unit of study, and has spent summers in workshops to further enrich students’ lives. She said, “As art educators, we serve as advocates for change by inspiring our students to create, think critically, problem solve, produce, present and see the world in different ways. We seek methods that will challenge our students to ask, “What would happen if?” In 2002, Dr. Hillard’s paintings were on exhibit at the Arthur Rose Museum at Claflin University. This year, Dr. Hillard’s work was included in the exhibition, “The Grid Comes Full Circle II,” which focuses on nearly 45 years of studio activities by students.
Dr. Wonda Hillard, Bell’s Crossing Elementary