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Art Educator of the Year Award

Fourth Annual Music Educator of the Year
& New Art Educator of the Year Awards


Congratulations to the finalists for the 2020 Art Educator of the Year Award:

  • Sara Andes, Visual Arts Educator at Jackson High School, Jackson Local School District
  • Jennifer Best, Visual Arts Teacher at Fairless Elementary School, Fairless Local School District
  • Matthew J. Ferrell, Career Technical Education Instructor, Media Arts & Communication, at Washington High School, Massillon City School District
  • Kathleen Pugh, Art Teacher at STEAMM Academy @ Hartford, Canton City School District
  • Christopher Triner, Visual Art Teacher and District Art Department Chairman at Hoover High School, North Canton City School District 

Join us on January 25, 2020, at the Canton Symphony Orchestra's MasterWorks concert as we celebrate arts educators and announce the Art Educator of the Year Award and Music Educator of the Year Award winners. For tickets or event information, please visit:


About these awards:

Nominations for the fourth annual Music Educator of the Year Award sponsored by the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the NEW Art Educator of the Year Award co-sponsored by the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art were accepted through November 15, 2019.  The awards will be presented at the January 25, 2020, MasterWorks concert.

With the addition of the Art Educator of the Year Award, the CSO has partnered with the Canton Museum of Art and Massillon Museum to celebrate our art educators in the region.  “The arts are not only an essential communicative tool, but expressive outlets that foster creativity across all facets of life.  The regional educators who expose young minds to artistic experiences are an inspiration, and should be recognized for their contributions,” said Massillon Museum executive director, Alexandra Coon.  The purpose of the annual award is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music and art education as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to arts education.

Nominees must be licensed music or art educators in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center.  Educators from all fields of Music and Visual Arts are eligible.  The honored Educators will be selected from a field of ten finalists chosen by a panel of qualified judges from the community.  All nominees will be recognized at the MasterWorks concert and a pre-concert celebration.  Former recipients of the award are not eligible to win in consecutive years.

Anyone can nominate a music or art educator for the award.  Nomination forms are available through the Stark County Educational Service Center (email Tom Piccari at, on the Canton Symphony Orchestra website ( and at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices at the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW, Canton.  Links to the nomination forms are also available on the Massillon Museum below: and Canton Museum of Art ( websites.  The deadline for nominations for the 2020 Art and Music Educator of the Year Awards was November 15, 2019. Information about the 2021 Art and Music Educator of the Year Awards will be posted to this page in Fall 2020.

Nomination Form Links:


Stephanie Toole
Education & Outreach Manager
330.833.4061 x104
Email her

Massillon Museum
121 Lincoln Way East 
Massillon, Ohio 44646

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