Cooper Middle Art Teacher is Georgia Teacher of the Year!

Jamie Richardson recognized as Georgia Middle Level Art Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to Cooper Middle School Art Teacher, Jamie Richardson for being selected as the 2020 Georgia Art Education Association Middle Level Art Educator of the Year! This award recognizes excellence in visual arts instruction at the middle grades level. Congratulations to Ms. Richardson for her exemplary contributions, service, and achievement at the state level. The award was presented during the Association’s annual convention at Young Harris College in November2019. At Cooper Middle School, Richardson uses both traditional and choice-based approaches to engage students in higher level thinking. Her students have the opportunity to experience self-direction and exploration. Her art classroom is always active and innovative. She balances teaching art standards and directed assignments with open, collaborative and playful art activities that encourage creativity. “When visiting Cooper’s art room, you will find students brimming with excitement and passion for their art,”according to Laura LaQuaglia, K-12 Visual Arts Supervisor for Cobb.

Ms. Richardson has collaborated with other teachers at her school to create a greenhouse made out of recyclable materials. This collaboration not only builds bridges between colleagues but also demonstrates to students how to persevere and work as a team to achieve large goals. The Cooper art teacher also started and organized a found object/recycled art show that has grown to the point that it is now housed at Kennesaw State University during their annual Spring Arts Festival. She has spent countless hours educating students and teachers to see all objects, even what some would consider trash, as possible materials for artistic expression. Last year, Ms. Richardson was named the Cobb County Middle School Art Teacher of the Year.

Laura LaQuaglia, Supervisor
Visual Arts

Contributing Author: Nan Kiel, Press Relations Coordinator, CCSD Communications

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