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17 Teachers Honored for Arts Education Excellence
17 Teachers Honored for Arts Education Excellence
Posted on 08/13/2019
LEAF Community Arts honored 17 teachers during this summer's LEAF Downtown AVL festival.BCS Communications

Seventeen BCS teachers were recognized for excellence in arts education during the LEAF Downtown AVL showcase of dynamic musical talent, immersive cultural arts performances, and local handcraft/culinary artists. LEAF honored these educators with a certificate and gift bag for demonstrating outstanding dedication and commitment to the Kennedy Center Partners in Education 2018-19 cohort including LEAF Community Arts and Buncombe County Schools. The partnership works to provide sustainable and robust arts-based professional development for teachers, which in turn increases global and arts education opportunities for students.

“Today’s recognition ceremony touched me - being surrounded by the greater community with kids waiting behind us to go on stage,” said North Buncombe Middle School’s Ms. Katharine Zammara. “I saw several of my students, and that helped me contextualize the experience, as well. Thanks for guiding us through this process.”
LEAF recognized the following teachers:
Amanda Arrowood
Jolie Atkins
Andrea Bassett
Leslie Cox
Bill Feste
Kerri Hampton
Amanda Hoffman
Rebecca Howerton
Melody McGarrahan 
Rachel McKinley
Sara Moore
Lila Morel
Beth Myers
Michael Presson
Ashley Styles
Ellen Wharton
Katharine Zammara

Learn more about the Partners in Education program involving BCS, LEAF, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Thank you to BCS Arts Education Specialist Ms. Laura Mitchell for providing the details and photos for this story.

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