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KAEA High School Art Teacher of the Year

Picture of Mr. Ralston and his award

The Kansas Art Education Association (KAEA) is pleased to release the names of the following

outstanding art educators and art supporters for the 2019-2020 term. KAEA will officially present these awards at its Fall Conference on October 11, 2019 in Overland Park, Kansas at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas Art Education Association is a statewide professional organization dedicated to the growth and development of art educators and the advancement of high-quality art education.

High School Art Teacher of the Year

Mark C. Ralston, High School Art Teacher at USD #340 Jefferson West High School,

has been named Outstanding Secondary Level Art Educator of the Year. Ralston has taught and created art for over 36 years, and during that time has seen the ripple effect his work as a cooperative teacher for multiple student teachers who now offer excellent art programs themselves. Ralston identified a

need for art teachers in the northeast area of the state who often felt isolated and created the Northeast Kansas Art Teacher Forum. The Forum offers unique professional development where teachers can come together to share ideas, participate in hands-on workshops, and troubleshoot problems. A sponsor and coach for multiple teams, Ralston notes that coaching and teaching are similar in that “you make an effort to instill in the students a drive to be their best and introduce tools and techniques to help them grow.”