Founded in 1952, The Florida Art Education Association is Florida’s Statewide Visual Arts Teachers Education Membership Association, and is committed in their mission to promoting visual arts education in Florida through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership. Every year FAEA honors members of the art education community within the FAEA membership who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education through their annual FAEA Awards.
Florida State University’s Art Education Program is proud to have three of its alums – Nicole Crane, Julie McBride and Laurie Hoppock – recognized with awards.
Julie McBride received her B.A and M.A in Art Education from Florida State University and also holds an M.S in Instructional Systems and National Board Certification. McBride has dedicated her life to the progression of art education, and is currently an art education professor at Flagler College with 36 years as a teacher at Gilchrist Elementary. This year she has been given the distinct honor of receiving the Retired Art Educator Award, an award that exemplifies her dedication to art education, her students and the visual arts as a whole.
The Florida Art Education Association also awarded Laurie Hoppock, Florida State alum, with the Supervisor/Administrator of the Year Award. Hoppock received her M.S from in Art Education Florida State University, and is currently a doctoral candidate for Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida and serves as the Supervisor of the Arts for Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida. Hoppock is recognized for continuing her selfless endeavors to progress the art education of countless students by enriching their lives as well as giving them the tools and curriculum for self expression. Since her time at FSU, Hoppock has worked with under-served youth as an art adulatory at community centers, has taught art appreciation and humanities courses at the University of Phoenix and has led public mural projects around Jacksonville for students with special needs. When we take a look back at all Hoppock has done for the art education community in Florida, as well the number of lives she has impacted in both educators and students alike, Hoppock has shown a relentless dedication to her passion as an art educator.