Art Teacher Draws on Inclusion

Tanya Green, M.Ed.  Photo by Joe Jarski

Tanya Green, M.Ed.
Photo by Joe Jarski

The résumé of Tanya Green, M.Ed. ’06 is picking up as much color as her students’ creations.

An art teacher at Hampton Oaks Elementary School in Stafford, Va., Green won a 2013 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, presented last May by The Washington Post.

“These educators were chosen by their school systems for going above and beyond their day-to-day duties to create exceptional educational environments,” according to

Green, who also was named Stafford County Public Schools’ 2013 Teacher of the Year, is known for customizing curriculum around main-classroom themes and the needs of smaller groups of students. She participates in the Skillful Teacher cohort, which aims to strengthen respect for students’ diverse cultural backgrounds.

An Encore staff team lead, Girl Smarts group facilitator, and Student Council Association adviser, Green has presented work to the National Art Education and Virginia Art Education associations.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Delaware before completing a master’s degree at the University of Mary Washington.

Each Agnes Meyer Award winner, who must have taught for at least five years, receives $3,000. The awards honor the wife of Eugene Meyer, who purchased The Washington Post in 1933. Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth said in a release that the awards are “a way for our community to spotlight local teachers who, through their work, exemplified Meyer’s steadfast commitment to education.”

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