Each year, VSA Michigan recognizes educators and teaching artists by selecting an Educator of the Year. Educators, students, parents, families and community members are asked to nominate an individual they feel has made a significant contribution to arts education by facilitating the mission of VSA Michigan. These educators and teaching artists understand the benefit of infusing the arts in learning and we are grateful for the work they do.
The 2017 Educator of the Year is Becky Swain.
Becky Swain is the teacher of the Bloomfield Hills School PREP Program, which is a Special Education Adult Transition program for students ages 18-26. She began her teaching career in 1985 in a coal mining camp in Eastern Kentucky and has taught all ages and ability levels in her 32 years. Becky received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Campbellsville College in Kentucky, a 5th Year Degree in Special Education from Western Kentucky Univeristy and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Becky has been involved with VSA Michigan for the past 8 years, serving on the Board of Directors for a year. Through VSAMI the young adults in Becky’s program have learned a wide variety of skills that are helping them to become Prepared, Responsible, Employable and Productive members of their community. Becky would like to recognize the VSAMI Board of Directors and all of the teaching artists for their dedication and commitment to providing art experiences for so many children and adults across the state. She would also like to thank her amazing and supportive husband, Gary, and to give all honor to God.