Midway Middle School Art Teacher Rhonda Goff has been named the 2018 Middle School Outstanding Art Educator by the Texas Art Education Association for her significant contributions to the association and to art education on the state.
Goff has served as Regional Director for Region 12 Jr. Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE), hosting 500-600 student artists in Hewitt, as well as serving on the VASE Blue Ribbon Board and as a senior juror. Mrs. Goff is also the Middle School Division Chair for the Texas Art Educators Association.
Goff’s contributions to Midway Middle School are evident throughout the school. She led students through the creation of murals that decorate the halls and main areas. She renovated a massive trophy case from an antiquated display into a dynamic art exhibit. She serves on multiple campus committees and as campus representative for the Association of Texas Professional Educators, as well as a presenter and volunteer for arts education events. Goff has brought in more than $6,700 in grant funding for the middle school from the Midway Education Foundation.
Parent Jennifer Eubank contributed to Mrs. Goff’s nomination saying, “Rhonda’s passion for the visual arts and the success of her students is obvious.”
Mrs. Goff’s students’ achievements include HOT Fair scholarships for art merit, Visual Art Scholastic Event awards as well as many state qualifiers, McLennan Community College High School Art Student Competition awards including Best of Show, Youth Art Month awards, and Waco’s Top Young Artist honorable mention and monetary awards including the top award of $2000.
Goff received nominations for the award from Eubank, Principal Dr. Herb Cox, as well as several members of TAEA who witnessed her work one-on-one with students.