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Ohio Northern Graduate, Anne Rickard, Honored as New York State’s Art Teacher of the Year

Anne RickardNovember 26, 2008, Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID — Anne Rickard, Lake Placid Middle/High School (LPM/HS) art teacher, was honored last weekend by the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) as their 2008 “Art Teacher of the Year.” Rickard was honored at NYSATA’s state convention held Nov. 15-16 in Rochester, New York. Joining Rickard at the NYSATA event were her proud husband and daughter: Buzzy and Georgie Rickard. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Colton, were in attendance along with fellow LPM/HS art teacher Sandy Payne and LPM/HS principal Dr. Dave Messner.

Rickard has taught in the Lake Placid Central School District for the past 24 years. The Ohio Northern University graduate grew up in Carthage. She has been a fixture of the Lake Placid art community for the last two decades.

In her acceptance speech, Rickard talked about her honor when she said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be standing here.” About the power of teaching art, she commented, “Art provides the ultimate educational tools needed for problem solving and creative thinking in our children. Our students discover that seemingly ‘unsolvable problems’ DO have solutions. In the art room, students do not look to the back of their textbooks for the right answers. They realize that they have to DISCOVER the right answer through critical thinking and ‘hands on’ experience. As we move through the 21st century, it is the arts which will allow our children the clarity and ability to see the connections between others and ourselves.”

In 2007, Rickard was honored as regional art teacher of the year and qualified for consideration as this year’s state teacher of the year honors.