Scott Walroth, Niskayuna Central School District's Director of Art
Education K-12 has been named Region 6 (Capital Region) Art Educator of the
Year by the professional organization NYSATA (New York State Art Teachers
Association). He will be recognized at the organization's annual conference
on Sunday, November 24th.
The words - "What's best for kids?"- will always be remembered being spoken by the K-12 Director of Art Education Scott Walroth as quoted by colleague and district art teacher and Nick-Art Gallery co-advisor, Stephen Honicki. This is just one example evidencing that Scott is above all, a student advocate. The student-run Nisk-Art Gallery is only one such student-based opportunity that Scott created in our school district. The state-of-the-art Electronics Arts Lab offers students Media Arts opportunities further enriching their Visual Arts experience; another incredible offering for students initiated by Scott.
Of the many rewards his students have received from the numerous opportunities that Scott has provided for his students throughout his tenure in Niskayuna, eight of them have received Congressional art awards; numerous others have received accolades in juried exhibitions on the local, state, and national levels. Mr. Walroth's students have gone on to pursue further study in the Visual Arts by being accepted into highly rated art schools such as RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), SCAD (Savannah Collage of Art & Design), MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Pratt Institute, and New Hampshire Institute of Art, just to name a few.
Scott has extended his initiatives beyond our school district as a member of CAAS (Capital Area Art Supervisors) group to assist in creating opportunities to a larger number of students. Assisting with the Bi-Annual Art College and Career Night for Capital Area students is one such opportunity as well as the Empire State Plaza Collection Show. These two represent only a small few of many examples of Scott's involvement in the community.
Mr. Walroth will also be one of this year's featured presenters (along with Mr. Honicki) at the 2013 NYSATA Pre-Conference: Innovation & Advocacy in Action. He is no stranger to this arena having previously presented at NYSATA Conferences in the past as well as NYSC&TE Annual Regional Conferences. Scott's topics consistently not only advocate for the arts but demonstrate how new technologies can be used a valuable tools of instruction in the arts.
The above information is only a snapshot of an amazing art educator of 31 years. He has taught middle and high school, Advanced, AP, Honors Art Studio, Photography, Cinematography, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Studio in Computer Arts. Scott Walroth is a strong, knowledgeable, powerful advocate for Art Education as a Profession, for Students of Art Education, and Art Education of the Future.
Most sincere congratulations to Mr. Walroth, Region 6 Art Educator of the Year!
Guest editorials from Mr. Walroth and Mr. Honicki were recently featured in the digital supplement of the fall newsletter of the New York State Art Teachers Association. Mr. Walroth's articled was titled, "Technology in Art: Moving Forward" and Mr. Honicki wrote, "The Evolution of Technology In My Classroom Environment." You can read the articles here [PDF]