Germantown, Tennessee--September 6, 2019--Each year, the Tennessee Art Education Association recognizes outstanding art educators from across the state, in a variety of categories. These amazing teachers exemplify the qualities and standards of what it means to be a great art educator, going above-and-beyond for their students. One of GMSD’s newest staff members has taken the top honors for college students in art education.
Reese Kougher is a recent graduate of the art education program at the University of Memphis. During her time at the UofM, she excelled in studies in art education as a member of the University’s Honors College.
In May 2019, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in art education and Tennessee licensure K-12 through the University’s Ready2Teach Residency teacher education program. Kougher spent her residency year teaching at Riverdale K-8 School in Germantown. “As I begin my first full year of teaching, I am thankful my mentor Tracy Sammons,” wrote Kougher in a statement sent to the TAEA.
Kougher was hired to begin both her teaching career and an art program at the brand-new Forest Hill Elementary School in Germantown, Tennessee.
“Starting my career and developing the new art program has been pretty overwhelming—but in the best way,” said Kougher.