The FSU Department of Art Education proudly congratulates Cindy Jesup, Art Education Ph.D. candidate, on earning the Higher Education Individual Student Achievement Award, which was presented at the Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) Conference this October in Naples, FL. The award recognizes excellence in student involvement at the College/University level. Candidates for the award must be enrolled as a college/university student in Florida and active members in FAEA. Additionally, nomination must come from a professor in their college or university, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.
Jesup is a National Board-Certified art teacher, having twenty-two years experience teaching visual art from K-12 in Volusia County. Beginning at Samsula Elementary, she taught art every day in addition to Exceptional Student Education, Physical Education, or curriculum specialist. The next fourteen years she developed and taught the comprehensive digital art program at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange. Jesup began attending FAEA conferences from her first year teaching, which was the infamous “Leather and Lace” theme held in Daytona Beach. Since then, she has attended and presented at all FAEA conferences but one. She served on the FAEA board as Elementary Division Director and Secretary.
When asked about her thoughts on winning the award, she stated:
When Professor Broome contacted me in the spring about the FAEA Higher Education Student Award, I was both surprised and honored that he wanted to nominate me. During the recent award reception, as I listened to the many accomplishments of the other award recipients from around the state, I was humbled to be a member of such an illustrious group of people.
It is gratifying as well for the FSU Department of Art Education to have Cindy Jesup, an excellent and worthy recipient, recognized at the state level!