Briarcrest Middle School Art Teacher, Melody Weintraub and High School Art Teacher, Jenna Fergus recently returned from the Tennessee Art Education Association Fall Conference at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg. This conference serves as professional development for art educators from across the state through hands-on workshops and lectures. Mrs. Fergus led a lecture session on CRIT (Create Really Important Thinking) a process she has developed for facilitating the teaching of creativity, critical-thinking and communication. Mrs. Weintraub led a hands-on workshop, “Teaching Art with a Styrofoam Head” where participants decorated Styrofoam heads in paint, collage and found objects. Mrs. Weintraub demonstrated how these heads could be used to introduce topics, illustrate concepts and advocate for the arts. This year both Mrs. Fergus and Mrs. Weintraub were recognized by the state organization. Mrs. Fergus was awarded TAEA Secondary Art Educator of the Year at an awards dinner on Friday night. Mrs. Weintraub (2013-2014 TAEA Middle School Art Educator of the Year) was elected to serve on the TAEA Board as the West Tennessee Regional Chair. “We are grateful to Briarcrest for providing opportunities like this for us, “ said Mrs. Weintraub. “We are always so happy to share with others how Briarcrest values the arts and supports our service in the community. “ Congratulations to both of these Briarcrest teachers for representing our school.