Heartland teacher receives Educator of the Year award

Teacher receives Educator of the Year award (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

Nominated by her peers, a Putnam County R-1 art teacher is the recipient of the MAEA Secondary Art Educator of the Year award.

“It was kind of surreal. It still really is," said art teacher Megan Hines.

Hines has been teaching for 10 years.

Right now, she is an art teacher at Putnam County R-1.

Just this month, she was chosen to receive the MAEA Secondary Art Educator of the Year award.

“A teacher in St. Louis that works on the Missouri Art Association with me let me know that she noticed I had a lot of student work being exhibited and winning awards," said Hines.

There were around 10 other nominees up for the Educator of the Year award.

The award ceremony takes place in April, and that's when Hines will give her official acceptance speech.

“Being in the arts field, a lot of time you think people don’t notice what you’re doing, not being a core subject. Sometimes it feels like people don’t value it as important, but just really good for everybody to notice the kids work," said Hines.

Aside from teaching art classes, Hines also assist students on a personal level.

She has helped numerous students apply for colleges and receive scholarships.

“It’s really gratifying to the profession just to know that you’ve taught a child something that they can continue to use, said Hines.

In the next 10 years, Hines says she hopes to continue teaching, but instead teach art classes on a college level.

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