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Kathleen Clarke-Anderson has been a teacher for 38 years and a Speech and Debate coach in the state of NJ for 36 years. First coaching at River Dell High School and then moving to Ridgewood in 1989, Ms. Clarke-Anderson has her undergraduate degree in Theater, English and Education from Keuka College in New York. She has her MA in English from William Paterson University and her MA in Educational Leadership from The Ramapo College of NJ. She received her first diamond award in 2010 and is a few points shy of her second diamond award. She lives in her hometown and enjoys time spent with her family and friends at home. She enjoys cooking and baking from scratch for family get-togethers. Kathleen also loves to write curriculum, mentor, teach, and help with educational strategy and instructional research.  “Coaching Forensics means my kids gain all the 21st Century Skills they will need to be first in the world of the global job market. They can collaborate, present, think critically, solve problems, and feel comfortable completing all of these tasks extemporaneously. It allows students autonomy, and they learn about equity, diversity and inclusion as well, making them outstanding global citizens.”

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.