HAMMOND | The Art Education Association of Indiana has named a George Rogers Middle/High School art teacher the 2013 Indiana Outstanding Secondary Art Educator of the Year.
Valerie Martinez, of Chesterton, will receive that award during the Art Education Association of Indiana annual convention Oct. 18-20 in Indianapolis.
Award recipients are nominated by their peers and are teachers who show outstanding artistic achievement and service in education.
Martinez, who has been at Clark six years, is art department chair, member of the School Improvement/Accreditation team and a member of the Positive Behavior Intervention Systems committee.
She implemented a new Advanced Placement Studio Art program at Clark.
She developed and implemented a cross-age peer mentoring program called "Compradres," in which high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and their teacher/advisers are paired with at-risk students in grades 6-8 in need of guidance and support.
She also sponsors an after-school art club.
Martinez was nominated for this award by Clark principal Robert Wilson.
Wilson said, "Valerie is a dynamic teacher who effortlessly establishes a great rapport with her students and their parents. She is enthusiastic about teaching and possesses a great wealth of knowledge in regard to the art of reaching her students mentally and emotionally while instilling and strengthening a deep rooted appreciation and passion for art."