The Award: The New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival presents the 2020 Arts Educator of the Year Award. The award will be given to a NJ Arts Educator who's work and dedication to arts education has transformed a NJ school or NJ School District. All NJ Arts Educators, working in any art form, are eligible for the award. A monetary award will accompany the honor of being named 2020's Arts Educator of the Year.

The Honor: The award recipient will be honored during the daily ceremony of the 2020 NJ State Teen Arts Festival.

The Nomination: Nominations are to be made by superintendents, school principals or arts supervisors.   

2020 Nomination Form

DEADLINE: March 31, 2020

Name of Individual Making Nomination *
Name of Individual Making Nomination
Nominations are to be made by superintendents, school principals or arts supervisors.
Nominating Individual's Contact Phone Number *
Nominating Individual's Contact Phone Number
Name of Award Nominee *
Name of Award Nominee
Nominee's Contact Phone Number *
Nominee's Contact Phone Number
Please explain your working relationship and history to the individual you are nominating.
What are the nominee's accomplishments and how has it transformed your school or school district?
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The Arts Educator of the Year: 2017

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Valerie Snyder-Grollman is a proud graduate of Rutgers University, Douglass College.  She has been an arts educator in the North Brunswick Township School District since 1980 where she has taught painting, drawing, graphic design, ceramics and sculpture. Ms. Snyder-Grollman has had the pleasure of teaching many students who have gone on to become artists for such noted companies as Disney, MTV, Sony Pictures, and The New Yorker Magazine. In addition, last year she was honored with The State of New Jersey Department of Education Exemplary Secondary Educator Award and was also chosen by Greater Media-WMGQ Radio as a “Teacher Who Makes Magic.”  She is grateful for the support of her Principal, Mr. Peter J. Clark and her Supervisors Mr. Aaron Speller, Mr. James Egan, as well as her former and current Art Department colleagues and friends throughout the District.

Valerie believes that being a teacher means more than just being a purveyor of information.  She sees it as an opportunity to provide students worldwide (through her Google website, “EDFLICKS”) with a different way of seeing and experiencing life. 
Below is one of her favorite quotations:

“The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential to be good or bad… Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy.  I must never forget these same young people could be the thieves and murderers of the future.   Only a teacher? Thank G-d I have a calling to the greatest profession of all!  I must be vigilant every day, lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow.”

-Ivan Welton Fitzwater, Educator