Carrie Busey Teacher Selected for IAEA Award

Carrie Busey’s Odum Selected for Illinois Art Education Association Award
Posted on 07/29/2021

Carrie Busey Elementary School art teacher John Odum was named Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA).

Odum, who has 23 years of teaching experience, has continually led development, writing, and articulation of K-5 and K-12 Art curriculums in Unit 4 and was an integral part in the adoption of the new Illinois Arts Learning Standards in 2016. He collaborated with the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts to bring professional development for Champaign art teachers, including the exploration of jewelry making with non-traditional materials, Japanese tea ceremonies, museum education, and landscape architecture.

The IAEA annually recognizes art, design, and media educators among a highly competitive slate of nominees and is the premier professional development provider for art, design, and media educators in Illinois. The organization serves thousands of teachers statewide through a wide range of programs and services.

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