Title: Art Educator
Company: Erie City School District
Location: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Janet Wilson, Retired Art Educator at Erie City School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in field of art.
Inspired by her mother, who was a science and English teacher, and her father who loved to draw, Ms. Wilson felt that art education was her calling. Upon graduating high school, she attended Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1978. After securing a teaching certification in the state of Pennsylvania, she assumed employment with the Erie City School District as a substitute teacher in 1979. As her progressed with the district, Ms. Wilson became a contracted substitute teacher for a year, before becoming a full time art teacher in 1988. Furthermore, she continued through her tenure with the district until retiring in 2012.
As an artist, Ms. Wilson’s work was first exhibited in group shows at the Jury Show and the Printmaking Show at Edinboro University during the late 1970s. In recent years, she has been featured at The Kaye Mona Kang Art Show in April 2019, as well as at the Guelcher Art Show, consecutively, between 2012 and 2017. In the past, her work was showcased within the Faculty Art Show at the Harding School in Erie between 2008 and 2009. In addition to her primary endeavors, Ms. Wilson served as a camp counselor and the assistant director for the Barber National Institute in Erie, between 1976 and 1977. She also contributed as an arts and crafts supervisor for the Erie Youth Men’s Christian Association in 1973. Civically, she dedicated her time to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Smithsonian, and the National Gallery of Art.
To remain aware of changes in the field, Ms. Wilson has maintained affiliation with the National Education Association, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Erie Education Association, the Pennsylvania Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association. In 1989, Ms. Wilson was named Teacher of the Year at McKinley Elementary in Erie. Likewise, she has been featured in the fourth and sixth editions of Who’s Who in American Education.
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