I  was lucky enough to attend Los Angeles City Schools at a time when the district offered many opportunities for involvement in the arts.  My classmates and I explored visual arts with an art teacher, sang in school choruses,  and played in school orchestras.  We rode yellow buses on field trips to concerts and operas.  These experiences have continually enriched my life and offered support in comfortable and challenging times.

After raising a family in Millington, NJ  I returned to school and received a Masters degree from Bank Street College in Mathematics Education. Working as a Math Coordinator in public and private schools in New York City I became acutely aware of the educational discrepancies not only in academics but especially in the arts. Math classes were not cut.  Music classes were. After moving to Princeton I looked for opportunities to support arts education, especially in public schools

I have been privileged to serve serving on Princeton area boards including  Passage Theatre, Princeton Adult School, and Princeton Pro Musica.  I am now lucky to have the chance to be a part of Young Audiences and to support their vision that every child will have rich and meaningful arts experience a

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.