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Andrea McDonough, an art teacher at Williamsport Area High School, has been selected as the Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Outstanding Secondary Art Educator in 2022.

“Being selected and nominated by the state committee is an incredible honor for which I will be eternally grateful,” said McDonough, who worked for 16 years at WASD as an arts educator and K-12 department head. “I am blessed and honored to receive this award and will continue to do the work wherever I land.”

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) is an organization that actively supports and promotes education in the visual arts through professional development, leadership, and service. McDonough was selected from nominations across the state for her “creative contributions, excellence in professional commitment and dedication to service (in the field)”, according to PAEA.

“Dr. Andrea McDonough’s reach in the arts community is a testament to the quality of arts education provided to students in the Williamsport Area School District,” said Dr. Chad Greevy, Secondary Program Supervisor and K-12 Unified Arts Supervisor. “His efforts to lead the WASD Art Department across the district are visible in all of our buildings and in all of our

visual arts classes. His instructive and guiding influence is constantly seen through the works of his students, from the public art exhibitions in Firetree Place to the art galleries of our town center and the classrooms of our local colleges. This award is recognition of the quality of artistic experiences she brings to our students at Williamsport Area High School and beyond.

McDonough received her Bachelor of Arts from Lycoming College, a Masters in Art Education from Mansfield University, and a Ph.D. from Drexel University. She also holds a Pre-K-12 Supervisory Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction.

“I earn a salary doing what I love” McDonough said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t stop and appreciate this truth. Each student taught me something about them and something about myself. The K-12 team I have the privilege of working with prepares my students and I for success every day and I am grateful to them individually and collectively.

McDonough also supports the art and education departments at Lycoming College, working with art educators-in-training and applicants for PK-4 certification. She has been successful in writing grant applications, with a passion for public art and expanding the visual arts experience in education and local communities.

Outside of teaching, McDonough is an artist who focuses on exploring mindfulness through drawing and experimental work as well as mixed media approaches. Her most recent exhibition was in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, where she participated in the Masters and Grasshopper Juried Invitational.

McDonough will be officially recognized at an awards ceremony during the PAEA 2022 conference in Lancaster on October 30.

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