2015 Award Recipients

Amy AndersonAmy Anderson

PAEA Outstanding Art Educator of the year.

Amy Anderson, an 8th grade art educator at Mount Nittany Middle School in State College, PA has been a long time, active member of PAEA, serving in a number of different and wide ranging capacities. When something needs to be done, Ms. Anderson is often the person that our PAEA Board of Directors go to.

Jessica NoelJessica Noel

Outstanding Elementary Art Educator

Jessica Noel is active within her school, community and the PAEA organization. She started teaching full time  as a primary art educator in the fall of 2009 in the Danville Area School District. Though she has only been there for a short time, she has done a phenomenal job educating, inspiring, and molding creative minds to love and appreciate art.

Judi TreffingerJudith Treffinger

Outstanding Middle Level Art Educator

Judith Paternoster Treffinger has been an arts educator since 1979.  As a military wife, Judith had the opportunity to travel and live throughout Central and South American teaching and working as an artist. Upon returning to the US in 1988, she resumed her teaching career with the Carlisle Area School District.


David MillerDavid Miller

Outstanding Secondary Art Educator

At Wissahickon High School, in Ambler, PA , David teaches courses titled Honors Art and Portfolio Art and serves as Chair of the Art and Music Department. Additionally, he serves or has served on almost every leadership or initiatives committee in his district. Miller actively participates in PAEA and NAEA through conference attendance and professional presentations. His teaching methodology has been referred to in numerous publications and he is an active art maker who exhibits throughout the nation on a regular basis.


Heather FountainHeather Fountain, Ph.D

Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator

Dr. Heather Fountain is an Associate Professor of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University, where she serves as chair of the undergraduate art education program. She teaches graduate and undergraduate art education students as well as elementary education majors about the power of art to reach and teach all people.


Dr Lisa KayDr. Lisa Kay, Ed.D

Outstanding Special Needs Art Educator

Dr. Lisa Kay has found a home as an art educator. Her path came from several directions, including a F.F.A. in Graphic Design, M.Ed in Art Therapy and Ed.D in Art Education. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art Education and the Program Head and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Art Education and Community Arts Practices at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where 20 plus years as an art therapist was a perfect fit.

Beth BurkhauserBeth Burkhouser

Outstanding Retired (Emeritus) Art Educator

Beth Burkhauser has been an art educator of students in Pennsylvania’s public schools for 40 years. She founded, and has been the chairperson of the International Interdependence Hexagon Project for the past 10 years. She encourages all teachers to engage students with the Hexagon Project, “you may find (the Hexagon Project) a way to heighten your students’ sensitivities to their own needs and the needs of others and stretch them by creating activist art. The compelling, tessellating hexagonal shape becomes a metaphor for our inter-connectedness, out commonalities and our differences.”


Miranda Clark–BinderMiranda Clark-Binder

Outstanding Museum Art Educator

Miranda Clark-Binder joined the La Salle University Art Museum in 2007 as the Assistant Curator of Education and became Curator of Education in 2011. In 2014 she was promoted to Curator of Education and Public Programs and became responsible for all of the Art Museum’s educational offerings for the La Salle community, as well as for public audiences of adults, families, special needs groups and school groups.

Jessica Carlini–ThacherJessica Carlini-Thatcher

Outstanding New Professional Art Educator

Jessica is currently a Founding Art and Biology Teacher at Allentown School District’s newest high school, Building 21. In this role, she will have ample opportunities to design curriculum that is rich with integration between arts and sciences, as well as to provide her students direct opportunities to work in the community with local area business partners such as the Allentown Art Museum and the Baum School of Art.

Ursula WillisUrsula Willis

Outstanding Friend to Art Education

Ursula Willis is a twenty-plus year veteran of public education. Her career began in the mid 80’s as a third grade teacher with the East Orange Board of Education in East Orange, New Jersey. She received a Masters of Science in Instruction Technology from Rosemont University in the early 90’s and completed an Educational Leadership Certificate program at Penn State University. She is an innovative practitioner of integrating technology across the curriculum and currently serves an administrator at Penn Wood High School.



David LoveDavid Love
Outstanding Non-Public Art Educator

David works at the Germantown Academy, where he has been teaching for the past 13 years. Reflecting on his path, David says that he, “realizes how much I valued my education and the connections to my instructors, now colleagues. This connection is so important, that it inspires me to still meet yearly with my grad school professor from 30 years ago and this is the kind of connection I hope to nurture with my own students.”