(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Marilyn Peters, an art teacher at Washington County High School, was recently named president-elect of the Kentucky Art Education Association, according to an announcement from Miles R. Johnson, President. “She will serve KYAEA well and I know will continue to pave a creative path in Kentucky,” said Johnson. Peters is 1980 graduate of WCHS. She received an associate’s degree from St. Catherine College in 1986, a bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University in 1988 and a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University. She became national board certified in adolescent to young adult art in 2004. She is entering her 30th year of teaching in Washington County. Peters has also taught adjunct classes at St. Catherine College and Campbellsville University.

Established in 1945, the mission of KyAEA is to advance art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership. Peters has been involved with the organization for 18 years and has served on the KyAEA board since 2003 as the Caveland regional coordinator from 2003 until 2013 when she became secretary. In 2011, she was named Kentucky High School Art Educator of the Year by the association.

“The Kentucky Art Education Association has given me so many opportunities to grow as an educator and leader,” says Peters. “I have always felt so humbled and validated by the confidence and support that the KyAEA has shown me. Involvement with excellent peers in my content area has provided professional resources and support that cannot be gained otherwise. Being elected to this position is a great honor. I will have opportunities to meet and advocate with state and national leaders on behalf of teachers across the state. Through this position I will be bringing these resources and opportunities back to Washington County Schools.”

The position will be a four-year commitment, in which she will serve not only as president-elect, but also as president and then past president. She will also represent the state of Kentucky at both regional and national levels for the next four years.

“As always, we are very proud of Mrs. Peters,” says Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. “She works diligently to provide art opportunities that are creative and supportive for continued learning in education. I am certain her leadership in this organization will continue to grow her knowledge, as well as the knowledge of her colleagues and students. Her passion is commendable.”