Youth Art Month is a nationwide and annual observance that is held each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality art programs. From special events, activities, contests and opportunities- Youth Art Month is a celebration of the power that art brings.

Due to the pandemic, our teachers have been teaching virtually, or hybrid since March, 2020. The work in this show is a testament to the innovative and creative teaching practices of our HCPS Art Team and the hard work, critical thinking skills and flexibility of our students.

HCPS Art Teachers of the Year

April Barlett

Greenwood Elementary

Mrs. Barlett exudes what she hopes to create! She leads with love and instills a passion for learning for all our gators. Throughout the pandemic, Mrs. Barlett has seen no barriers and has found a way to bring her classroom alive through take home art kits, digital resources, art challenges, and morning art clubs. With her leadership and contagious enthusiasm, our students have become go-getters, decision makers, designers, creators, self-starters, entrepreneurs, and dreamers!

-Ryan Stein (Principal at Greenwood Elementary School)

Beth Jones

Freeman High School

Beth Jones is considered to be “part of the bricks” at Freeman High School. She is truly part of the foundation that holds the Freeman Family together on a daily basis. Beth is a master relationship-builder with her students and colleagues and demonstrates the importance of connecting with others on a daily basis. Her colleagues view her as a role model and an instructional leader, admiring her and benefitting from the work she has put into virtual and hybrid teaching. Most importantly, Beth’s students recognize her as someone who cares deeply for them on a personal level. Each and every day, she brings art to their lives and strives to instill a sense of self-worth in them.

-Rick Butler (Associate Principal at Freeman High School)

Mae Berglas

Moody Middle School

Mae Berglas joined the Raider family in 2016 and has been a valuable addition to our staff. Ms. Berglas is always working to help students learn to appreciate the process of creating and design. She is always ready to challenge her students to help them see their potential to grow as artists and individuals. She believes that learning to love learning is an important skill for students to take into the world and she instills this passion in her students. This year, Ms. Berglas organized this first ever virtual HCPS art show!

- Denise Doss (Principal at Moody Middle School)