17 Alexandria Teachers Honored by the Kennedy Center at Awards Ceremony

Alexandria teachers honored at Kennedy Center. (Photo by Susan Shaffer.)

17 Alexandria instructors were among sixty-four Washington, D.C. metropolitan area teachers awarded Certificates of Study for their engagement in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA), a professional learning program designed to assist educators within the Washington, D.C. area in efforts to teach the arts as well as through the practice of arts-integrated instruction. An awards ceremony and reception was held Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Kennedy Center.

Through a variety of professional learning efforts, the CETA program focuses on providing new strategies for arts specialists to teach the arts and helping classroom teachers learn how to integrate other subject area(s) through the arts. By learning through arts integration, students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both. The Certificate of Study recognizes educators who have continued their professional learning in the arts.

Recipients of the 2018 Certificate of Study Award from Alexandria City Public Schools (Virginia) included Michelle E. Hart and Jennifer Yeager from Charles Barrett Elementary School, and Andrew Bawden, Alexandra Nicole Bender, Nicole Julia Demski, Katelin DeRocco, Veronica Doody, Juliet Marie Harris, Leslie Herron, Lori Ann McAndrews, Ellen Nipar, Andrea La’Chandra Chrisjun Ridley, Heather Roush, Jessica Yvonne Shirley, Emily Smith, Ann Marie Hiebert Tejeda, and Mary Carrice Whorl from John Adams Elementary School.

To receive a Certificate of Study, teachers participate in a minimum of 21 hours of professional learning through the CETA program.