Since she joined Millersville University’s Department of Art & Design in 2012, Dr. Leslie Gates has not only been busy teaching and creating, but has spent countless hours working with the National Art Education and Pennsylvania Art Education Associations on art education program development. In October, the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) will present her with their highest honor, the Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year Award for 2017.
Gates is being recognized for her years of service to the field of art education, both locally and nationally. “Her role as Conference Consultant for PAEA has been instrumental in providing countless professional development opportunities for art educators in Pennsylvania. In addition, the PAEA Region 7 workshops she offers at Millersville are always timely and relevant,” says Robin C. Brewer, president of PAEA.
In addition to being an associate professor of art education at Millersville, Gates serves as a consultant for professional learning and art education research. She creates artist books, book sculptures and text-based two-dimensional work. Her workshops have covered topics ranging from teacher effectiveness and National Core Arts Standards to teachers as artists. She has brought in more than 30 guest speakers to her courses since she began her position at Millersville.
The award will be presented at the PAEA Conference this October in Pittsburgh. In addition, her nomination is forwarded to the National Art Education Association for consideration for the NAEA Art Educator of the Year. Gates will also be recognized at the Eastern Region Awards Ceremony at the NAEA Convention in Seattle, Washington in March 2018.
“Leslie’s work has been an inspiration to many art educators and it is my pleasure to congratulate and thank her for dedication to the arts in education,” says Brewer.
Gates earned a bachelor’s in art education from Millersville, a master’s from Shepherd University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland College Park. She and her family reside in Lancaster, Pa., where she regularly advocates for public education.