Early Childhood Art Educator of the Year

Susan fisher, Lesley University

Susan has had over forty years of experience working in the arts in education. She is a certified arts specialist K-12 and has continued to work in public school settings as an artist-in-residence in the Worcester Public Schools. She is Adjunct Faculty, Mentor and Faculty Academic Advisor at Lesley University where she helps teachers see the power of the arts in education. She also is part time faculty at Worcester State University where she teaches studio art and art education courses. She spent many years as an artist in residence for VSA Massachusetts. She has worked extensively to design professional development for teachers of students of all abilities. Susan is a practicing artist. She is a ceramic sculptor, calligrapher, and photographer. In her artwork she combines her interests in culture with form  and content. Her collective experience lays the groundwork for her work with educators and students of all abilities in traditional and nontraditional settings. Susan sees the power of visual arts and tries to nurture her students voices as they create their own artwork. She believes that young children have so much creativity and that needs to be nurtured throughout their education.