“This honor is representative of the district’s commitment to the arts,” said Brad Van Patten, IUSD Fine Arts Coordinator. “Despite being one of the lowest-funded school districts in the nation, fine arts have flourished in IUSD schools under the Board of Education’s visionary leadership.”
Nine IUSD educators who bring that vision of arts education to life were also honored recently at the 2018 Orange County Music and Arts Educators Awards, held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Orange County Music and Arts Educator Awards are presented annually to teachers and administrators who guide and direct art programs at schools throughout the county including instrumental, theater, visual arts, choir and dance.
Catherine Holmes, IUSD’s executive director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning, was named District Administrator of the Year for her ongoing support of more than 130 visual and performing arts teachers and teacher leaders. “Holmes’ commitment to arts education has had a direct impact on students who are realizing their dreams of becoming musicians, artists, actors, dancers and lifelong arts enthusiasts,” IUSD noted in a release about the event.
Eight IUSD teachers were honored as Outstanding Arts Educators at the event:
• Sue Anello – Rancho San Joaquin Middle School Visual Arts Teacher
• Danyelle Dunavold – Northwood High School English and Drama Teacher
• Randi Haynes, Joanna Casucci and Allison Matthews – District Fine Arts Specialists
• Kim Rohrs – Northwood High School Visual Arts Teacher
• Laura Schultz – Vista Verde Elementary Vocal Music Teacher
• Matt Takeno – Woodbridge High School Visual Arts Teacher
Orange County Music and Arts Administrators, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Orange County Department of Education sponsor the Orange County Music and Arts Educators Awards program.