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  • AACPS District Art Award Winners

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 11/16/2017

    District Art Awards

    Sharon Littig – South River High School

    Award: Maryland Art Education – AACPS District Recognition for Career High School Teacher

    Sharon Littig has taught Visual Arts in AACPS middle and high schools for over 20 years. Since 1998, she has served as the art department chairperson at South River High School, and is truly an instructional leader and master teacher. Littig is a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art. In her commitment to help AACPS Visual Arts students thrive, she formed the SRHS National Arts Honor Society, which currently has 60 members, started the annual high school plein air event, established the South River feeder system exhibition/arts festival, and has worked to ensure the success of our STE(A)M program at South River. Littig is recognized as an accomplished artist, and has exhibited in museum shows, juried exhibitions, and most recently was awarded second place by the Annapolis Art Alliance, Maritime Museum. She is the founder and inaugural president of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association where she worked in tandem with National Gallery of Art’s Chief of Conservation, Ross Merrill, to establish this group. Littig is constantly finding ways to enhance students’ lives through art. Littig is a model for superiority in teaching. 

    Dana Henstrand – Oak Hill Elementary School

    Award: Maryland Art Education – AACPS District Recognition for Career Elementary School Teacher

    Dana Henstrand, visual arts educator with AACPS, has taught since 1990 beginning her career at Mayo Elementary and now at Oak Hill Elementary School. Henstrand’s work ethic and enthusiasm have enabled her to build an outstanding art program. Oak Hill Elementary School houses the county's ECI - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. She recently took a Sign Language Course at AACC so she could better communicate with some of her students. She earned her degree in Art Education at Towson University, and her Master’s Degree at The Johns Hopkins University. Henstrand has offered her talents and expertise with our new teacher Right Start program, and has mentored students who have now joined the AACPS Visual Arts Team!

    Gillian Conner – Central Special

    Award: Maryland Art Education – AACPS District Recognition for Career Elementary School Teacher

    As a dedicated art educator, Gillian Conner develops creative, cultural, and meaningful lessons to raise her students’ artistic success. An art teacher at Central Special School, Conner has fostered a love of art throughout all levels, and creates lessons inspired by art and artists around the world. She earned her BFA in Art Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is an advocate for her young artists by ensuring that their artwork is exhibited throughout the county. At Central Special, Conner is the Exhibit chair for Youth Art Month, Harvest for the Hungry food drive coordinator, and volunteer for “Life Rolls On” adaptive surf organization. Before coming to AACPS in 2009, Conner created and implemented art curriculum for learning disabled and emotionally disturbed students at The Lab School, and youth inmates at The Charles Hickey School. Ms. Conner is committed to instilling a lifelong love of art in her students, and is a “go to” as a UDL consultant. She has built a rich art program for the students at Central Special School.

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