The Pennsylvania Art Education Association recently announced that Jackie Thomas has been named the PAEA 2012 Outstanding Retired Art Educator.
Thomas served arts education throughout her career as a teacher, department chair, principal, acting superintendent and assistant superintendent. She continues enhancing arts education as an active member of the PAEA board, PAEA Distinguished Fellows, and chair of the Clyde McGeary Scholarship Committee, which supports pre-service arts education students.
Most recently, she was a member of the EPLC Arts Education Initiative Study Group, which developed recommendations for policymakers and others arts education stakeholders in Pennsylvania.
Thomas also has authored many published pieces, and is co-author of the textbook, "Art Image: Grade Seven. She is a practicing artist and exhibits her work in fibers across Pennsylvania.
She provides workshops, has designed and coordinated community weaving collaboration projects involving people of all ages and volunteers in school classrooms.
Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State University, has a master's and bachelor's degree in art education, both from Kutztown University. The award will be formally presented at the PAEA Fall Conference Oct. 6 in Harrisburg.