Posted October 3rd, 2016
Mr. Hanson has only been teaching for a few years
at PVHS and is already getting recognized for his work with students. Art Educators of Iowa are recognizing Mr. Hanson as Outstanding Secondary Art Teacher of the Year.
A college professor nominated Mr. Hanson for the award and a committee of his peers chose him for the honor. He said it’s something he wasn’t expecting, as he is a younger teacher.
“I’m very grateful to be honored with this award,” he said in his statement to the committee. “You don’t take on a career in education for the recognition or fame. When you become a teacher, you are making a commitment to better the lives of your students and your community, no matter what it takes.”
Mr. Hanson said what he enjoys most about teaching the time he has to get to understand his students.
“As an art teacher, I have more time to talk to the students and really know them,” he said.
During the day, he sees a wide variety of students: some are talented artists; some are using their art skills to work in a trade.
“Students who invest themselves in art are a class all their own,” he said. “These students all have different personalities, but are the most creative people in the world. Over the last three years of my teaching career, my goal has been to reach these students and instill the values of art education, whether they pursue art in the future or not. I once heard an administrator say, ‘we are in the people industry.’ This is very true in the world of education, as we are producing individuals who have the skills to change the world we live in.”
Mr. Hanson received his award at the AEI banquet in Burlington, Ia.
on October 1. He stressed he would not be able to do quality work without the support of the Pleasant Valley Community School District.
“It is rewarding to be in a district that values the arts as much as they do, and they have provided me with more than enough tools to be successful.”