Lynbrook Elementary Teacher Named 2020 Virginia Art Educator of the Year

News Release
November 17, 2020

Libya DomanLibya Doman, who teaches art at Lynbrook Elementary School, has been named the 2020 Virginia Art Educator of the Year and Virginia Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Virginia Art Education Association (VAEA).

Doman is praised by nominators as being an exemplary art educator who is motivated to grow and learn as an art educator.  “Libya is well-versed in the disciplines of an exemplary art educator: aesthetic inquiry, art historical content, critical evaluation, and the studio creative process,” says nominator Roger Tomhave, retired professor of art education at James Madison University. “With this knowledge, Libya has demonstrated a great deal of sensitivity in translation to diverse learning styles and developmental stages of all the students she instructs. She has worked hard to incorporate the diversity of student needs in thoughtful, adaptable lessons, allowing for individualized student responses to a range of challenges.”

FCPS art resource teacher Susan Silva says in her nomination letter, “The last two years she has invited me into her school community for a night of celebration called Multicultural Night. This night dazzles with a fashion show, a variety of foods made by her students’ families, and access to educational materials. Libya had the idea of adding family portrait sessions, so her classroom is converted into a portrait studio for the evening and families sign up for a sitting. Her fifth-grade art students work collaboratively with the high school photography students to set up the portrait studio and run this event. I witnessed the camaraderie firsthand she has created for her students as well as welcoming mine to the mix.”  

Kelly Bisogno, coordinator of fine arts for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), says Doman’s  “instructional leadership at the local, state, and national level on work related to social justice and culturally responsive art instruction is making an important impact on our field.” Bisogno worked with Doman on the committee charged with reviewing and revising the 2013 VDOE Visual Arts Standards of Learning. “Libya’s voice and presence on the committee pushed the state standards farther toward diversity, equity, and inclusion,” she says. This year, Doman served on a VDOE summer resource team to develop exemplary lessons aligned to the new standards. “Libya’s sample lesson will inspire art educators in the state to thoughtfully and intentionally include diverse artists as they empower ALL students to explore their own identity,” adds Bisogno.

Doman is an active member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), working on an NAEA task force for equity, diversity, and inclusion and earning a cultural competency certificate; and the VAEA, where she has designed visual arts lessons emphasizing cultural proficiency, and analyzed webpages and documents for potential visual arts revisions. In FCPS, she has served as a Great Beginnings mentor, a LEAD elementary art teacher, and a Hayfield Pyramid art leader. She also piloted and co-edited FCPS’s first standardized sixth grade Art Assessments.

Doman, who is a National Board-Certified Teacher, earned a bachelor’s degree in art history and studio art at Spelman College in Atlanta, and a master’s degree in art and art education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She also studied at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and earned a certificate in French language from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (now known as Sorbonne University). Doman also serves as an adjunct professor at George Mason University, where she teaches a graduate art education course.

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