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2016 Art Educator of the Year

Sarah Danner Hebdo


 "Sarah Danner Hebdo is a leader.  Sometimes because of her successes – one forgets that she is a young professional.  She navigates her way through the classroom, the school, the district, and her state and national affiliations as if she’s been doing it for decades.  She is respectful, kind, and generous.  She knows how to set boundaries and when to throw caution to the wind.  Sarah Danner is the teacher every parent wants their child to experience.  Sarah is the colleague everyone wants on their team.”

- Donna Collins


Sarah Danner Hebdo's Accomplishments

BFA in Art Education, Ohio University, Ohio University                      

MA in Art Education, Ohio University

2009, 2010 & 2013 NAEA Convention presenter

2009 NAEA Western Region Middle Division Award

2013-2014 OAEA Past President

2013-2014 OAEA State Conference Coordinator

2012 OAEA Distinguished Fellows Induction

2011-2012 OAEA President

2009 OAEA Communications Chair

2009 SE Region Outstanding Art Teacher

2008 OAEA Elected Board Member

2008 OAEA Middle Division Award

2006-2010 OAEA Ohio ARTline Editor

2004-2006 OAEA Middle Division Co-Chair

ODE Ohio Visual Arts Content Standards Re-visioning Committee, 2010-2011

2012 Program coordinator for Crayola, “Championing Creatively Live Children” Workshop

Ohio Governor’s Show Advisory Board, Juror and awards presenter, 2010-2014

Pathwise-trained mentor since 2006

HIgh Schools That Work state and national “Best Practice” presenter, 2011

Cooperating Teacher for Ohio University and The Ohio State University, 2003-2013



I believe in the power of the arts for education. I believe in individual and collaborative art making so that children can become engaged in the creative process on every kind of level. I believe that teaching children to become visually literate is important for their personal, social and intellectual development. I am a life-long learner because my passion for teaching art inspires me to learn so that I can in turn educate. I am a creative leader and see it as my art. I find art education fascinating and challenging as our world is in a constant state of change, inspiring continuous improvement and progression as a person, artist and educator.

-Sarah Danner Hebdo



The OAEA Art Educator of the Year award is a lifetime achievement award  presented to art educators who have often already received previous OAEA awards within their region and/or division.  These individuals have exhibited dedication and commitment to OAEA and art education over an extended period of years. It is the highest award the Ohio Art Education Association has to offer. 

  • Nominee for the OAEA Art Educator of the Year Award must:
  • Have served at least 10 years within the field of art education.
  • Be a member in good standing of OAEA for a minimum of seven (7) years as of Dec.1st.
  • Have developed a philosophy and theory of art teaching that is consistently reflected both in and outside the classroom.
  • Be actively engaged in the field of art education through research, development of literature in the field, and exploration of current issues. 
  • Be a leader in developing innovative curricula and methodology.
  • Show leadership at the state or national level. Nominee shall be active in state and/or national activities. State does not relate to local/regional affiliations. National activities shall include, but not be limited to state and national affiliation and beyond.
  • Show commitment and dedication to the field through understanding, compassion, and helpfulness to students and colleagues.
  • Be professionally active by publishing articles concerning art education, giving speeches in support of art education and/or the  arts, and/or continue to create art and exhibit their own artwork.  
  • Be willing to become a member of NAEA upon receiving OAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.
  • Agree to be present at the annual conference to receive the award.

 Selection Procedure

  • Nominations for Ohio Art Educator of the Year may begin in the ARTline editions for summer and fall. All nomination forms must be submitted online by the close of the annual OAEA Conference.
  • All nomination forms must include nominee’s full address and telephone number. The Awards Chairperson will issue the Standardized Vita Form and Nomination Materials Request Form to the nominee by December 1st.
  • All information must be submitted, via online form, to the Regional Director by January 31.  
  • A committee appointed by the Awards Chairperson will review the nominations and the criteria to determine the finalists.
  • Finalists will appear in the OAEA Eblast for digital membership vote in April/May.
  • Recipient of the Award will be announced on the OAEA website and at the Fall Conference.

Required Forms (these are writable pdf's)