Monday, June 20, 2022

Thomas Knab Inducted to National Teachers Hall of Fame

The National Teachers Hall of Fame on the campus of Emporia State University inducted their 150th teacher in a ceremony on Friday, June 17th. The Teachers Hall of Fame began in 1989 and hasn’t been able to have an inductee ceremony for the last two years, so it honored five outstanding teachers in 2020 and five in 2022.

Thom Knab stands at a podium holding up a piece of art. He is dressed in a black suit with a blue bow tie. To his left is an American flag. The National Teachers Hall of Fame banner is displayed on the front of the podium.

The first Art Teacher inducted into this prestigious club was Thomas Knab from Buffalo, NY. Thom has been the art teacher for grades K-4 at Dodge Elementary for the last 32 years.

Many of us know Thom from his years serving as the NAEA President, but he was awarded the NAEA’s Elementary Teacher of the Year and New York State’s Art Teacher of the year, as well as others.
It was a true honor to be Thom Knab’s cheering section for this event!

4 art educators stand in a row smiling in dress clothes at the National Teachers Hall of Fame induction. From left to right, Dr.Charity-Mika Woodard, Thomas Knab, Kathy Schroeder, and Lynn Felts.
From left to right, Dr.Charity-Mika Woodard, Thomas Knab, Kathy Schroeder, and Lynn Felts.

Thomas Knab’s guiding principles for teachers: “Foremost, enjoy what you do! Build a relationship with each child. Allow yourself time to grow. Understand that change is inevitable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Emulate the supportive, positive, and energetic teachers in your school. Remember to always be professional and show respect for everyone with whom you work.”

Dr. Charity-Mika Woodard
KAEA Higher Education 
Kansas Art Education Association

Thursday, June 16, 2022

2022 Summer Camp a Success!

KAEA Summer Camp was held June 9th and 10th in Halstead and Newton, KS.

Members had the choice of 3 workshops and everyone in attendance enjoyed fellowship and learning new studio skills: Enameling Essentials, Kocha Weed Walking Sticks, or Plein Air Drawing.

8 photos are arranged in a grid showing women working on metal enameling projects and one example of enameled jewelry made from 2 circular pieces connected.

6 photos from the kocha weed walking stick workshop are arranged in a grid including working with metal.

7 photos from the plein air pastel workshop are arranged in a grid. The people are smiling and showing their landscape artwork.

Thank you to the members who shared photos from #KAEAsummercamp!

KAEA Mission Statement

KAEA is dedicated to the advancement of the human and cultural understanding through the study of art by providing opportunities for professional growth and development, exchange of knowledge and ideas, and service and leadership for the advancement of quality art education.