Two local teachers have been honored with the Music Center’s BRAVO Award.
The ceremony, which was held at Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, recognized 10 teachers from the county’s five supervisorial districts in the categories of arts specialist, generalist teacher and arts rich schools.
Santa Monica High School choral director Jeffe Huls was selected for the arts specialist award in Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s Third District, while Wendy Morrison, a visual arts teacher at Westside Neighborhood School in Del Rey was chosen for the arts specialist award in Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Second District.
The teachers went through an intensive program after being nominated that included submitting videos of their teaching, examples of their lesson plans, and visits to their classroom by members of the BRAVO selection committee.
The winning teachers were presented with a crystal trophy and a cash award dedicated to supplementing arts programs.
“We are so proud of Mr. Huls and are extremely thankful that our district attracts teachers like him to work with our students in the arts every day,” said Tom Whaley, visual and performing arts coordinator for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
Brad Zacuto, Westside Neighborhood School head of school, said of Morrison’s recognition, “It is quite a process from nomination to selection as a regional winner, and then to be chosen from that distinguished pool of teachers as the one 2012 Bravo Award winner for K-12 visual arts, one among five total Bravo Award winners.”
The BRAVO Awards program recognizes teachers and schools for innovation and excellence in arts education, honoring educators who use the arts to revitalize teaching, enhance student achievement and foster self-esteem, teamwork as well as cross-cultural communication and understanding.