National Arts in Education Week is this week, September 12 - 18, and we are continuing our tradition of celebrating by shining a spotlight on the amazing Arts educators making a difference in our community!

Meet this year's Arts Teacher of the Year: Heather Motter! Heather works with Pre-K children who have disabilities at Bay School in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Most of them are non-verbal so she uses art in every expression of her teaching. She came to the classroom as an assistant but completed college coursework while acting as a full-time teacher and is now a fully licensed teacher.

Heather has come up with the most creative ways to help her students express themselves through their art and looks for new ways every day to incorporate art in her classroom. She takes the greatest delight in the things that most of us take for granted. To have a nonverbal child consistently use a certain sound to communicate a thought or need is a major breakthrough and she celebrates it like no one else. 

Please join us in congratulating Heather and ALL of the other amazing teachers in our community who utilize the Arts (music, visual art, performing art, literary art, etc) in their curriculum. Thank you for helping to ensure that #ArtMatters in Walton County!