HSE Art Teacher Honored

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High School East art teacher Tim Needles is the recipient of the National Art Education Association’s 2016 AET Outstanding Teaching Award.  Needles was nominated for the honor by art education colleague Rebecca Mir of the Guggenheim Museum.

This award honors an art educator/teacher who applies exceptional instructional applications in K-12 classrooms, museum education, higher education, or alternative settings. An outstanding art educator/teacher honored is also recognized by students, colleagues and/or supervisors as someone who consistently inspires and mentors students in a cooperative, collegial, collaborative and nurturing manner or who has made a special effort to apply innovative pedagogy and technology integration into art teaching.

Needles will travel to Chicago in March to the NAEA National Conference to receive the award and showcase some of the work he has done in Smithtown Central School District, such as merging art and technology as part of the school’s Digital Media class.