2007, Art Education, MAT
MAT Alumna, Marisa Pappas, who is a Warrenton Middle School Art Teacher and Blue Ridge Region Nominee and award recipient. Some of her accomplishments have been to help organize and run the Fauquier (FCPS) County Youth Art Month (YAM) Art Walk on Main Street in Warrenton, VA. She also began the National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS) at her school in which her students volunteer to teach art lesson to Pre-K students. Jess Beach, says of her colleague “Marisa is always there to support Fauquier County’s Art Program. She volunteers her time to come to elementary school curriculum meetings to share the work she has done with the VAEA Committees.” Marisa traveled to Richmond to work on the new Correlations for K-8 Visual Arts Instructional Strategies as they related to the visual art SOL’s. Christina Smith, Kettle Run HS Art Teacher and Lead Art Teacher in Fauquier Co., writes “She is always involved in our meetings as well as supporting our new teachers as a mentor.”
It is for all these reasons and so much more that Marisa Pappas was awarded the Virginia State Art Educator Award Middle School Division!
This isn’t the first time Marisa has been recognized as an outstanding art educator. On behalf of the MAT program she presented at both the NAEA national and VAEA state art conferences sharing her knowledge and expertise to educators and fellow art colleagues.
In 2014 Marisa was a recipient of the YAM Award of Excellence for the Art program in Fauquier County. As a graduate student, Marisa was a former NAEA GMU Student Chapter President and advocated for the arts. George Mason University, the School of Art and the MAT family have much to be proud of.