When you cross over the threshold from art teacher candidate to new art teacher remember that we have one of the best organizations to support you and enrich you as you develop in your career. Every state has a wonderful art education association that is supported by a fabulous national art association, the National Art Education Association, NAEA.
In the last few years my teacher candidates have held leadership roles in their college student teaching chapters and the NAEA Student Chapter. We were delighted that Ms. Kayla Gale will be the new president elect of the NAEA Student Chapters following in the footsteps of our other campus leaders. This experience has helped my teacher candidates become outstanding professionals in our field.
This year our chapter was awarded the RAEA Outstanding Student Chapter of the year. It was a tremendous honor for the teacher candidates, our campus and our state organization.
We are a team, on our campuses, in our state associations and in our national organization. Our strength comes from the unity and the bonds that we form as professionals. Throughout your career we will continue to invest in your success as an art educator, and our success will continue to grow through your investment in us through your participation in the NAEA.
-Anne L. Becker, EdD