Dodgen Middle School Teacher Named 2019 Outstanding National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor 

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) recently named Dodgen Middle School art teacher Joan Weatherford the 2019 Outstanding National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor.  

This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes dedication from an NAEA member who sponsors an outstanding National Junior Art Honor Society Chapter.

The award was presented at the NAEA National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, March 14-16, 2019. 

“This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Joan Weatherford exemplifies 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, stated NAEA President Kim Huyler Defibaugh. 

The Cobb County School District’s supervisor of learning design and visual arts echoes the praise of Weatherford by NAEA’s president.  

 “Joan Weatherford personifies teacher dedication and advocacy of Visual Arts Education in Cobb County. Her commitment allows students to see the importance of the arts in their school and their local community. I applaud Joan and commend her efforts as she receives this national award and is named the 2019 Outstanding National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor,” said Laura LaQuaglia, Cobb Schools Supervisor of Learning Design and Visual Arts Division of Teaching and Learning Instruction and Innovative Practice.