COMMENTS FROM THE NOMINATION FORMS:
"We call her 'Ms. V.' She is an awesome teacher. She is very unique, a joy to be around. My daughter looks forward to art class."
"Ms. V. puts her entire heart and soul into making sure that each student has the chance to, not only find, but also empower, the artists within them."
"She is not afraid to dive into a dumpster to retrieve much needed cardboard that would otherwise be discarded."
"She sees the potential in her students, not only as artists, but also as human beings. I've seen her cheer, scold, cry, laugh, and so much more for the betterment of our students."
"She inspires me to do well in everything that I do in all of my classes, even the ones she doesn't teach. She makes me laugh and yet she doesn't act like a teacher, she's more like a friend to me than anything."
"It is amazing how she can encourage all my children who vary greatly in their artistic ways. She is able to have them begin to look at everyday items as being the canvas for an upcoming project."
"Since having her at our school we have had several students recognized for their accomplishments in art. She displays the children's artwork at the local gallery."