WBHS Art Teacher Nationally RecognizedWest Boylston High School Art Teacher Sheila Tetler’s work with the students of West Boylston has been recognized for the second time in as many years. Coming on the heels of last year’s award as Massachusetts’ Secondary Education Art Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Tetler has been awarded the very prestigious 2013 Eastern Secondary Art Teacher of the Year by the National Art Education Association. Mrs. Tetler deservedly earns such high esteem. Sheila has been teaching art since 1973 and has spent the last twenty two years at West Boylston Middle/High School in Massachusetts. As an art teacher she offers encouragement and prods students to bring out their own talents, talents they may often been unaware of or waiting to be awoken. Sheila has been a strong friend of the WBAF since its inception. The WBAF would not have existed had the parents of many of Mrs. Tetler’s students not seen the terrific work that Sheila taught their children how to bring to life. Of her teaching, one senior stated, “she definitely pushes us out of our comfort zone, and that’s good.”
Further exemplifying the quality of teachers in West Boylston schools, Sheila was the first coordinator of Massachusetts Art All-State – now in its 26th year - and served on the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework review panel. As NAEA President, F. Robert Sabol states, " Sheila Tetler exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to the profession."
Sheila notes that she is proud to have many former students who have dedicated themselves to the arts, to education, and to art education and feels very lucky to have some of these students as colleagues in the West Boylston Public Schools.
Thank you, Mrs. Tetler for teaching our students how to see more with their eyes, form more with their hands, and create more with their minds.