Babylon Teacher Named Art Educator of the Year

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Congratulations to Babylon Elementary School’s art teacher, Patricia Stork, who has been chosen as the 2011 New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Educator of the Year for Region 10.

Over the years, Ms. Stork has filled many positions ranging from K-12. She joined the Babylon School District in 2009 as an art teacher, after garnering years of experience as a teacher in the Farmingdale and Commack school districts. She now teaches all of the art classes at the Babylon Elementary School as well as Grade 6 art in the winter/spring at the Babylon Grade School. Regarding her hands-on approach to art education, Babylon Elementary School Principal Dana Basile stated, “Pat is truly extraordinary...she not only keeps the students engaged during class, but she also does enrichment art classes in the building and finds Long Island events to put the children's work in. The latest will be The Colors of Long Island exhibit, which is held in Stony Brook each fall.”

Pat has been an active member of NYSATA since 2003. For the past four years she has been involved with the NYSATA portfolio as an adjudicator, a mentor for students, and an instructor for other teachers. Last year she became the co-coordinator of the YAM workshops in the district. She is presently active in helping with professional development for Region 10.

NYSATA is made up of art teachers from all over New York State. There are ten regions, two of which are Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Each spring, the regions nominate teachers. The nominees must then submit their resumes along with reference letters that describe the actions they have taken to advance art education both in and outside of the schools. Winners are announced in the fall and awards are given out at the annual NYSATA conference. This year, the conference will be held in Tarrytown from November 18-20. Of the ten art teachers who represent their region at the conference, one is selected as the NYSATA Educator of the Year.