Our most sincere appreciation to Jerene Kruse, Albion; Gloria Nelson, Omaha; and Anonymous Donor, Omaha for providing the five registrations for these teachers!
We are pleased to announce that we have over 120 registered participants for fall conference! Thank you for your early registration! We will be able to accept further registrations and lodging without raising the fees, however workshops are filling and lodging on location may become unavailable. To get what you want, register ASAP!
NATA received a $3000 grant from The Nebraska Environmental Trust last week in support of the Naturalists facilitating in conference workshops! Thank you to this amazing organization and to all the wonderful sponsors that have helped keep our conference fees as low as possible while providing an incredible experience for our members! Thank you to Carolyn Albracht for all her hard work acquiring support for this event!
Carrie Strope Sohayda : Mosaic Glass Art:
Explore ways to incorporate recycled glass into your curriculum. There will be several samples and project options available to choose from. We will be working with glass paints, window glass and natural materials that you can take home to fire in your kiln. You may also work out arrangements with the instructor to receive your fired samples after the conference, as well as learning the basics of mosaic to create glass art that you can share with your students.
Julie Ryan, Curriculum Facilitator
Julie Ryan has served as the editor of The Perspective, the NATA newsletter, for 10 years, presented many professional development sessions at state and national conferences, and was selected as NATA’s Art Educator of the Year in 2008. In July 2014, Ryan began a six-year term elected to the NATA office of Co-President-Elect with colleague Melissa Cleaver. Ryan’s tenure with the Omaha Public Schools has included teaching urban-core elementary general and Deaf-ed students, high school self-contained Adapted Curriculum Program students, as well as high school Immigrant and Refugee Newcomer students. Along with these teaching assignments, Ryan has been writing curriculum and assessments as a member of the OPS Elementary Art Curriculum Committee since 2001.
Vicki VonLoh, Naturalist
Vicki has been a Nebraska Master Naturalist for three years. She has a specialization in outreach and has also done numerous education programs. She recently retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs after 26 years of service. She is retired military with over 28 years of service in the Army Reserve, Army National Guard and active duty Army. She also volunteers with Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) as an Ombudsman and Committee Member which keeps her in touch with service members and their families. She is also a Master Gardener and enjoys photography and traveling. Vicki graduated from Doane College Lincoln with a bachelors in Business Administration.
Our very own Bob Reeker will be an Elementary Level Speaker at NAEA's first virtual conference September 27-28, 2014. Register here and get more information.