Congratulations to Jessica Holloway, Phantom Lake Elementary teacher for being named the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) 2017 Art Educator of the Year.

Holloway, a National Board Certified Teacher, is a highly educated and skilled visual arts educator. She has a long history as a teacher-leader, having written curriculum, created and developed STEAM training for staff, presented WAEA workshops, mentored others, received grants, and modeled exemplary service to the educational community. She is currently facilitating BSD’s K-12 art curriculum and assessment teams.

“Many thanks to WAEA for this recognition,” Holloway said in response to being the recipient of this prestigious award.  “I am humbled to be so honored, and proud to be part of an organization which supports ideals I hold dear: arts for every child, arts as the core of education, and teaching the whole child. For the past four years, my role as a curriculum developer has helped me to grow in new ways as I continue to teach. Thank you to all of the art teachers in Bellevue, who inspire me every day with their passion and deep knowledge. I am so fortunate to work with all of you.”

Holloway will be recognized during a celebration at the Seattle Art Museum on Oct. 19, as part of the Fall Educator Preview.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.