Teacher of the Year


A terrific article in the BRATTLEBORO REFORMER on our VT Teacher of the Year, Rachel Mangean!



Congratulations to Rachel Mangean, our 2020 Vermont Art Teacher of the Year! 

Rachel is the art teacher at the Green Street School in Brattleboro. She energizes her art program with exciting, innovative, hands on art projects!




"Rachel Mangean is a fabulous art teacher who is beloved by her students and colleagues
alike. Since her arrival at Green Street School student engagement in the arts is at it's
highest. All GSS students love their art classes and this is due to the projects that Rachel
chooses and the way she teaches. Rachel is always looking for new ideas to present and
teach her students. She makes connections with local artists to visit with her students at
Green Street School and she brings her students on field trips to visit local artists and
their studios. Rachel routinely visits brings her students to the Brattleboro Museum for
inspiration and collaboration. The hallways of Green Street School are absolutely
beautiful and always changing with different art displays that Rachel tends to. Bottom
line she is an amazing art teacher in all that she does!"

Mark Speno, Principal





2019 Vermont Art Educator of the Year 

TINA LOGAN of A.D. Lawton School, Essex Junction, Vermont!





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Email Submissions to Abby at: bartellakate@gmail.com


VATA will award a $300 grant to this years Vermont Art Educator to be used for attending the National Conference, exceptional art education projects, supplies or educational opportunities.

The Art Educator will be recognized by the Vermont Art Teachers Association at our Fall VATA Conference on September 28th, 2018 and the National Art Education Association Conference in Boston, 2019.

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Nominee’s Much be Members the NAEA and VATA to receive this award).

The winner is invited to receive their award at the VATA Conference and the NAEA Conference. 

Vermont Art Educator of the Year 2019
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Vermont Art Educators

Jonathan Silverman, EdD
2018 Vermont Art Educator
Congratulations to Jonathan Silverman, EdD. He is our VATA Teacher of the Year! Jonathan is the department chair and associate professor of education at Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT. He strives to help students become “more imaginative, resourceful and critically reflective practitioners.”
Judy Klima
Judy Klima
2017 Vermont Art Educator
Judy Klima is not only changing the landscape of art education at the Integrated Arts Academy, she is changing the way schools look at the arts as a mode of learning throughout the state and region She will receive an award from NAEA at the March 2-4 Convention in NYC. Join us at the awards ceremony if you are at the convention . Think about who you should nominate for 2018
Lindsey DiDio Hartel
Lindsey DiDio Hartel
2016 Vermont Art Educator
Lindsay who teaches at the Missisquoi Valley Middle and High School received her award at the NAEA Convention in Chicago last March. VATA was represented by our president Becky Wright.
Nan Hathaway
Nan Hathaway
2015 Vermont Art Educator
A Leader in TAB and Choice Based Art Education who inspires us all
Chris Fearon
2014 Vermont Art Educator
Museum Educator- Fleming Museum
Alice Trageser
Alice Trageser
2013 Vermont Art Educator
Alice has been making “ART Matter” for Vermont students through her commitment to creativity, community and the environment for many years! Alice likes to keep inspired through travel, going to museums and spending time outdoors. She takes her inspiration and creates magical experiences for her students in the art room! Alice currently teaches grades K-8 at the Charlotte Central School in Charlotte Vermont. She has previously been on the VATA board in numerous capacities including an inspirational co-chair.
Anne Joppe-Mercure
Anne Joppe-Mercure
2012 Vermont Art Educator
Underhill Central School Art Teacher
VATA selected Anne Joppe -Mercure as our 2012 Vermont Art Educator. She was recognized for making art central to the academic mission in each of her schools and making sure her students see art as an essential way to communicate their thoughts and ideas. She will receive a $300 grant from VATA to use to support classroom activities, professional development or her own work as an accomplished Book Artsist. Anne will be recognized at the National Art Education Association Convention in New York City this March as one of the outstanding Art Educators in the country.
Meg Miller
Meg Miller
2011 Vermont Art Educator
VATA selected Meg Miller as The Vermont Art Educator for 2011. She was recognized for her outstanding art curriculum and exemplary student work as well as for her statewide leadership in advocating for Art education. Meg retired as a middle level art educator at Essex Middle School in June 2011 and previously was a VATA board member and YAM chair. Meg was recognized at the NAEA Convention in Seattle in March 2011 as one of the outstanding Art Educators in the country.
Dee Christie
Dee Christie
2011 Vermont Secondary Art Educator
Dee Christie was the Vermont Secondary Art Educator for 2011 she was also nominated for the NAEA Eastern Region Secondary Art Educator. She will receive recognition at the NAEA Conference in Seattle.