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April 6, 2018

Warrenton art teacher receives national award

File photo/Cassandra Brown
Marisa Pappas has taught art at Warrenton Middle School for eight years.
For the second time, Warrenton Middle School art teacher Marisa Pappas has received a prestigious award from The National Art Education Association (NAEA).

Last month Ms. Pappas was named the National Middle Level Art Educator for 2018.

This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of one outstanding NAEA member annually within their division.

Ms. Pappas has taught art at Warrenton Middle for eight years.

She accepted the award at the national convention in Seattle on March 22.

“Marisa Pappas exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession,” said NAEA President Kim Huyler Defibaugh.

A Warrenton resident, Ms. Pappas earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art at the Massachusetts College of Art.

She also holds a certificate of design from the Paris Fashion Institute in France, certification for vocational education in fashion design from the University of Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in teaching art from George Mason University.

Ms. Pappas received the teacher of the year award for Warrenton Middle School in 2014. She helps coordinate the Fauquier County Youth Art Month and began the National Junior Art Honor Society.

In November 2015, the Virginia Art Education Association selected Ms. Pappas as the Middle School Art Educator of the Year.

Before entering the field of education, Ms. Pappas worked as a fashion design technical consultant, quality control manager, patternmaker for a number of fashion syndicates in the private sector as well as an adjunct instructor of fashion design at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.

She also taught art at the elementary level for four years, with three at Mary Walter Elementary.

To learn more about Ms. Pappas’ art class and hear from students, watch this video courtesy of Warrenton Middle School.

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