President-Elect Julie Peters

I am honored to accept the recent appointment as AAEA’s President-Elect and am looking forward to transitioning to the role of President in April.  Because of this, I wanted to share with you, our members, some information about myself. 

I first became a member of NAEA in 1995, as a student at ASU, studying Art Education. In fact, a few of us raised enough money selling printed t-shirts at the Children’s Art Workshop that we were able to attend the NAEA convention that year in New Orleans. Once I graduated, I maintained my membership as I taught in Nevada, Colorado, and then in Arizona. I have attended multiple AAEA Fall Conventions, most recently the Spectrum of Voices in Sedona, where I presented two workshops. I have attended numerous NAEA National Conferences, with plans to present this March in Seattle. Four years ago I was selected by NCCAS (National Coalition for Core Arts Standards) to participate in piloting the Model Cornerstone Assessments for the high school level. Last year, I was selected by NAEA to attend the School for Art Leaders at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. It is in conjunction with this group that I will be presenting my Capstone Project focused on The Reflective Art Teacher.  

I am in my 21st year as an art educator, currently teaching at North High School in the Phoenix Union High School District. The most important aspect of my job is the students that I come into contact with every single day. Recently, one of my seniors informed me that “I have the best life ever”, and I totally agreed with her assessment.  

I look forward to communicating with fellow art professionals, so please contact me if you have any questions, or if you just want to talk.