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Mitchell Named NCAEA 'Administration Art Educator of the Year'
Mitchell Named NCAEA 'Administration Art Educator of the Year'
Posted on 09/15/2021
Arts Education Specialist Laura Mitchell named NCAEA Administration Art Educator of the Year.Featured photo by Kasey Gruen Photography. Used with permission.

By: Benjamin Rickert

BCS Communications Dept.

Laura Mitchell, BCS Arts Education SpecialistBCS Arts Education Specialist Laura Mitchell has been chosen as the 2021-22 Administration Art Educator of the Year by the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA).

In her district-wide work, Mitchell engages with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community arts organizations to form partnerships, support educators, and create opportunities for student artists. She upholds BCS’ commitment to providing high quality arts education to all students.

“It is my goal that every arts educator in Buncombe County Schools feels seen and appreciated for all they do every day,” she said. “It is truly an honor to be recognized at the state level as I know how hard we are all working across North Carolina, especially in the wake of COVID. I look forward to continuing to work locally, nationally, and globally to advocate for arts education and highlight the positive impact it has on a student’s education."

According to a press release, the NCAEA’s mission is to improve and promote quality visual arts education in North Carolina with a focus on leadership, service, and organization.

Mitchell has served in Buncombe County’s public schools since 2011 and in her current role since 2018. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a Global Educator Digital Badge through the North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction. She will be honored for her latest accomplishment during the NCAEA fall conference on October 24.

Learn more about Arts Education in Buncombe County Schools.

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