High School Art Teacher Larry Taguba with his student, Kayleigh Waters, at Carnegie Hall in June 2010. Kayleigh won a 2010 National Silver Medal for a drawing, Right Between the Eyes. (Credit: Stuart Ransom).

Almost 5,000 miles away from our main headquarters in New York City, students in Larry Taguba’s art classes are submitting work to the Scholastic Art Awards (and winning!). In addition to teaching high school art at Leilehua High School in Oahu, Hawai’i, Larry is also the President of the Hawai’i Art Education Association. One of the toughest challenges he’s faced over the course of his 33-year career, however, was temporarily losing his passion for teaching. Here’s how he recovered it and established a nationally competitive high school art department.

About nineteen years ago I returned to the island of Oahu to teach at my alma mater, Leilehua High School. But it wasn’t long after I started my new position that I lost my passion for the job. Read More

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If there’s one person that Oceanside High School photography teacher Nanci Nigro would bring in to co-teach a class, it would be America’s Next Top Model Nigel Barker. We recently caught up Nanci and one of her advanced photography students, Katlyn Cruz, whose digital print Twilight won a national Gold Medal in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Senior Katlyn Cruz is deaf and communicates in class with the help of an American Sign Language interpreter. Read More