Dr. Mary Beth Johns, Assistant Professor of Visual Art Education at Athens State University, has been named the 2017 Alabama Art Education Association Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. Dr. Johns holds classes at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Alabama, where she is able to use a combination of technology and innovation to bring the arts to life in the classroom. Dr. Patricia Sims, Dean of the College of Education at Athens State University, is proud of Dr. Johns and her accomplishments, supporting her throughout the selection process and writing a letter of support upon her nomination.
The Alabama Art Education Association (AAEA) is “a professional organization of art educators dedicated to advocating art education by following national standards through providing membership services and professional growth and leadership opportunities.” Members of the organization range from art educators in early childhood education to those instructing at the collegiate level and beyond. The AAEA is an active affiliate of the National Art Education Association.