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Helming Named Outstanding Connecticut Art Educator

Linda Helming, art instructor at Wheeler Elementary School, has been selected to receive a 2006 Connecticut Art Education Association Award, Connecticut’s Outstanding Art Educator, for significant contributions to the field of art education. The Connecticut Art Education Association (CAEA) awards are presented annually to showcase art educators on the state level who are doing outstanding work in the profession of art education.

Helming was nominated for the award by Linda Van Wagenen, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. “Linda’s selection as Connecticut’s Outstanding Art Educator recognizes her leadership in the field, her excellence in teaching, as well as her commitment to inter-district programming in Connecticut. It is a well-deserved honor, and we are proud of her accomplishments,” noted Van Wagenen.

Helming has served as an elementary art educator at Wheeler School since 1989. She holds both bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Central Connecticut State University, and has received numerous honors in education, including Plainville Community Schools’ Teacher of the Year in 1996.

“This is truly a wonderful recognition. I am absolutely thrilled and honored to represent the many exemplary art educators throughout the state of Connecticut. Under the leadership of Dr. Binkowski we have incorporated the performing arts into our student curriculum throughout the district. I am proud to be working in the Plainville Community Schools and most proud of the students I have worked with over the past 17 years,” stated Helming.

Helming will be honored at the CAEA awards ceremony in October and will be recognized at the annual conference of the National Art Education Association.

-Posted on October 4, 2006 at 12:36 PM


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