Two FCPS Teachers Earn VAEA Teacher of the Year Awards

News Release
November 11, 2019

Two Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) art educators have been recognized by the Virginia Art Education Association (VAEA) with Teacher of the Year awards for their dedication and outstanding commitment to students. 

Julia SchickelJulia Schickel, art teacher at Stratford Landing Elementary School, was awarded the Virginia Elementary Art Educator of the Year. Schickel continues to enhance her own knowledge as well as continuously sharing her know-how by hosting workshops for fellow educators. From artist trading cards and textiles to choice-based methodology and advanced academic strategies, she has the ability to use a range of media and disciplines, seamlessly transferring what she knows to her students as well as her peers. 

Matt RavenstahlMatt Ravenstahl was awarded the Virginia Secondary Art Educator of the Year. He has been an art teacher at South Lakes High School for the last two decades and personifies the artist- teacher-researcher, combining passion and energy to benefit his students. Ravenstahl continually challenges students to own their creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. He establishes deeply-rooted relationships with students that allow them to share their struggles, enabling them to immerse themselves in those struggles while growing as artists and learners. His students come out of his class with an ability to think deeply and use their analytical skills to problem solve and be artists and thinkers.
The VAEA awards, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognize the exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of outstanding VAEA members annually. These awards exemplify the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession.

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