JWPMS Teacher Earns State Art Honor

Posted on October 20, 2014, in Academics, Events, Lancer Life


James W. Parker Middle School Art Educator Christina Martin has been named the recipient of the 2014 Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Outstanding Early Career Art Educator Award.

“We are extremely proud of Christina and her achievement,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “She continues to go above and beyond in her contributions to the arts and raises the bar for art educators everywhere. She is commended for her passion and leadership in art initiatives, not only at General McLane School District, but at the local and state level.”

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) is an organization that actively supports and promotes visual art education through professional development, leadership, and service throughout the state. Martin was selected among all of the art teachers who are PAEA members in the state, approximately 850 members.

Martin is the first person ever to be honored with this award, which was developed by PAEA in October 2014. Martin was nominated by Kris Fontes, a recently retired art teacher at Union City Middle/High School.

Martin has been with General McLane School District since 2012. She started working full time at James W. Parker Middle School this year and has worked closely with Erie Art Museum to design an in-service day for art teachers in the region. Martin has also worked with famous gumball artist Franz Spohn during a K-4th grade candy mural project at McKean Elementary School. Martin serves as the PAEA Region 2 Representative in Western PA and is active on the Learning by Design (LBD) sub-committee, which promotes the use of recycled materials in the creation of wearable art.

Martin is also a practicing artist. She created an outdoor public sculpture for the James W. Parker Middle School Memorial Garden and has had art featured in Edinboro University’s Art Education Exhibit. Martin was also the lead artist for the District’s float in the May 2013 Perry 200 Parade, which won first place.

“Her creative contributions, excellence in professional engagement, and dedication to service are meritorious and deserve our recognition,” said Mary Elizabeth Meier, president of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. “She stands out as a leader and is committed to the continued growth and collaborative efforts of art educators across the state of Pennsylvania.”

Martin will be recognized at the awards ceremony and luncheon on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Seven Springs Resort during the PAEA Annual Conference.

Congratulations Christina!