Visual and Performing Arts Supervisor named Virginia Art Educator of the Year

Posted: December 11, 2019

Patricia Franklin, NNPS' Visual and Performing Arts Supervisor, was named the Virginia Art Educator of the Year by the Virginia Art Education Association (VAEA) during its conference in November. Franklin was also inducted into the VAEA Distinguished Fellows, a group of individuals who have performed extraordinary service to the VAEA and art education in Virginia.

"I am honored to have been selected as the Virginia Art Educator of the Year. Art is an important contributor to every students' education and I am proud to be one voice among many in the state working to promote art education for every student," said Franklin.

Franklin's work has had impact in NNPS, the VAEA and the National Arts Education Association, where she has served in leadership roles. Franklin established a districtwide arts show and continued the Summer Institute of the Arts. During her time as the VAEA President, Franklin brought change to the way the VAEA conducted business by aligning internal policy and practices. On the national level, Franklin led a variety of initiatives, assisted with leadership transitions and the School for Art Leaders.

Franklin joined NNPS as the Visual Arts Supervisor in 2002 and became the Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts in 2010.