Grand Avenue Teacher Named Art Educator of the Year

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Barbara Hirten, an art teacher at Grand Avenue Middle School, was recently named 2017 Art Educator of the Year from Region 9.

Each spring, the New York State Art Teachers Association selects one art educator from each of its nine regions to be honored at their annual conference. 

“She is a mentor and role model for her colleagues and is always quick to come up with ideas for new and exciting ways to get students thinking creatively to produce amazing artwork,” said Board Vice President Nina Lanci at the Nov. 1 meeting where Hirten was recognized.  “A strong proponent of the art program in her school and district, Ms. Hirten finds the potential in all students, encouraging a love for the type of individualized expression only an art class can provide.”

Hirten, a 31-year educator in the district, also serves as Grand Avenue’s Kickline coach, supervises the Art and Book Clubs and serves as a judge for the Cultural Arts Awards.  She is also an active member of NYSATA Region 9 - Nassau County. She is an executive board member, corresponding secretary and publicity chair for the Arts Supervisors Association of Nassau County, and she participates in many Nassau County and NYSATA exhibits.