Lynn Loubert
Excellence Award Winner
Art Education
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Art Education leverages the latest pedagogical and brain research to unlock K-12 students’ intellectual potential.

"When will I ever use this?" This question is asked in the classroom often as students grow to become individuals. The art classroom is seen as a space where expression and creativity come alive, but it's much more than that. Through art, those who struggle with words find a voice... Often allowing us to reflect as we broaden our perspectives... To the student, it offers unique perspectives and creative solutions... ​Art teaches us that everyone possesses different skills and passions; as art teachers, we celebrate this! Great teachers honor what each student brings to the classroom while modeling compassion and trust. If we are going to change the world, it will be through education by building a curriculum that fosters the many benefits art provides. We, the art educators, provide the tools and knowledge to apply art in everyday situations while providing the skills to find solutions to problems they face.

What is your most memorable

experience at KCAD?

In early 2020, I was in an education course where we worked with students of special and diverse populations. I chose to work specifically with the students at the refugee center as I wanted to broaden my perspective of teaching and of the individuals whose lives were vastly different from my own. I worked with three other incredible educators to craft lessons for these students to exhibit alongside the "Translating Valence: redefining black male identity" exhibition at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. Being a refugee, many people see you as a number rather than a human being. We wanted to combat this ideology by creating a lesson that would highlight each individual's identities. Working with these students taught me patience, gratitude, struggle, but most of all, trust. One of the teachers I worked with, Samuel Abejean, instantly connected with these kids. The first day we met the students, Samuel saw a student with his hood up and his head on the table. You could tell that he understood and instantly knelt by his chair and became his friend. He was gentle, empathetic, and open. Samuel's level of compassion for his students will be a memory that I'll cherish for the rest of my life.

What are your most

notable accomplishments?

  • 2015 3rd place winner of the LowellArts Annual West Michigan Art Competition

  • 2017-2020 Elected as President, Social Coordinator, and Secretary of Kendall Art Education Student Association

  • 2018 Art piece exhibited in the LowellArts Annual West Michigan Art Competition

  • 2018 Presenter at the Michigan Art Education Association Conference

  • 2019 Presenter at the National Art Education Association Conference

  • 2019 Collaborated with the Van Andel Education Institution to create a traveling mural for a science education convention. Led a team of education students to paint a mural based on plant cells

  • 2019-2023 Elected as Preservice Division Director of the National Art Education Association

  • 2021 Institution Service Award recipient