The Colorado Art Education Association is happy to announce that Lisa Lee Adams of Eaglecrest High School in the Cherry Creek School District has been chosen to receive this year’s Colorado High School Art Educator of the Year Award. The purpose of this award is to honor an outstanding CAEA member who sets the standards for quality art education through exemplary contributions, service and achievements at the high school level. Lisa being selected by her peers to receive this award is a testament to her dedication to our profession and merits recognition and acclaim.
Lisa Lee Adams is bursting with such energy, ideas, enthusiasm, ability and commitment to the arts that all one needs to do is to walk through the halls of Eaglecrest High School gaze in awe. Upon entering the cafeteria, attention is drawn above to the whimsical student sculptures of food hanging from the ceiling and the monumental paintings of luscious fruit and other healthy foods hanging on the walls; whereas the P.E. hall is adorned by a athletic shoe themed, collaborative painting project.
Not willing to ever say no to a request for student artwork, Lisa uses all opportunities to build bridges with other disciplines within her school by having students do relevant artwork for other departments. This is a manifestation of the personal belief system that Lisa has developed and become known for over the years that she refers to as Build-a-Bridge-and-Get-Over–It. According to her belief, we as art teachers are responsible for letting others know how our programs benefit students, the school community and culture in general. Lisa encourages colleagues to establish solid, strong and productive visual art programs that are visible and seen as essential to school missions. She has taken this concept on the road, presenting workshops for CAEA and has been asked to present her philosophy to Boulder Valley Public Schools, Aurora Public Schools.
Her infectious enthusiasm is evident and her constant exploration to find new techniques, processes, approaches and media generates true engagement for her students. Students excel by being challenged and compelled and most of all they respond to her expectation that they will grow, both as artists and human beings. She does this by being a masterful teacher who knows both artistic techniques and effective teaching strategies.
Lisa is a tireless worker for arts education in Colorado. Although the Cherry Creek School District does not have an official district coordinator, Lisa truly acts as one. In this capacity, she has help to develop the Cherry Creek Excellence in Arts Show, brainstormed, organized and implemented a student art-buying program for the new Cherry Creek Information Services Building, initiated and organized a district art educators’ show and coordinated the first Cherry Creek School District “ArtStock”, a district-wide in-service day for art teachers.
In recent years, Lisa’s involvement in CAEA has been very visible and valued. Lisa has led both master classes and workshops at the conferences, is the Denver-Metro area representative and is recently co-coordinated the Spring Conference.
As Nicole Dollard concludes, “Both CAEA and EHS are incredibly fortunate to have this talented, dedicated educator a part of their program. Her excellence in the field is evident and she is long overdue and deserving of recognition for her hard work, passion and talent.”
All award recipients will be honored at an awards dinner, Saturday, October 27th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, during the 2012 CAEA Fall Conference: Paradigm Shift, Moving from Past to Future, at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge, Colorado.