Laurin Middle School Teacher Tanya Bachman Named WAEA Middle Level Educator of the Year

posted Oct 10, 2014, 11:26 AM by BGPS Web

Laurin Middle School Teacher Tanya Bachman Named WAEA Middle Level Educator of the Year (Photo)

October 9, 2014 

The Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) has awarded Laurin Middle School art specialist Tanya Bachman the "Middle Level Educator of the Year" award for her excellent guidance of visual arts students.

WAEA gives the annual award to the middle school or junior high arts teacher or specialist who stands out above and beyond their peers in local and state levels of participation, education and advocacy. "The recipient sets the example for how Visual Arts should be taught at the middle school level," said Cynthia Gaub, awards chair for the WAEA. The recipient is involved at the local district level in curriculum development, art shows and contests, and program advocacy.

"Tanya Bachman, has a heart of gold for kids. She tries to build everyone up like their art is the best, gives them positive reinforcement throughout the day and supports them throughout their schooling years. Not only does Ms. Bachman have heart, but she goes the extra mile as a teacher at our school," said Lori Schilling, assistant principal at Laurin Middle School. 

Bachman not only provides students with hands-on art projects, she also invites local artists to share their professional work with her classes and organizes class art shows so that students can present their work to parents, the school, and the community. "She provides extraordinary opportunities for her students here at Laurin," Schilling said. Student work is often displayed around the school and in the community.

On a recent day in her classroom, Bachman's seventh grade students learned about 1960s Pop Art in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. They created art based on iconic comic strip interjections like "POW!" Fifth graders learned about creating radial balanced art as they used rulers to draw symmetrical geometric designs.

Bachman says she decided to become a teacher 19 years ago after volunteering in public schools and realizing that she enjoyed working with students more than her regular job. "It's the most amazing thing," Bachman said. "They have the gift within, and I get to watch it develop. I get to see the creative process unfold."

Bachman said she is honored to receive the award, and that she is fortunate to work in a school and district that values and advocates for the arts. "I am thankful to collaborate with a gifted team of middle school art professionals, and most importantly have been blessed with the opportunity to work with so many amazing young artists whose talent and creative vision will undoubtedly change the world for the better."

WAEA 2014 award recipients will be honored during an awards luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 25 during the annual WAEA Conference at Showalter Middle School (4628 South 144th St. Tukwila, WA 98168). Conference highlights include author Paul Owen Lewis as the keynote speaker; opening remarks by Dr. Nancy Coogan, Tukwila School District Superintendent; and a "Teacher's As Artists" show at the Gage Academy of Arts. 

Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) is dedicated to promoting excellence in visual arts education in Washington State. It administers this annual distinguished award competition with the goal of recognizing individuals and organizations whom have advocated for the teaching of visual arts in our schools and communities. WAEA is affiliated, at the national level, with the National Art Education Association. The NAEA has over twenty two thousand members. Visit our website for more information about our mission and awards program: