Melissa Hronkin ’98, MFA, has been named 2014 National Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). This prestigious award recognizes the exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of one outstanding NAEA member annually at the national level within their division. The award will be presented at the NAEA National Convention in San Diego, California, March 29–31.
An art teacher since 2001, Hronkin believes that creativity is not just about making things—it is about moving people with an idea. Her philosophy is that the arts provide the vocabulary for expression, and that is essential within a curriculum and for making sense of our ever-changing world.