KIHS Principal Harding & Art Teacher Laquel Nenno Honored at State Level

Congratulations to Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) District Award Recipients, Daniel Harding, Principal of KIHS, and Laquel Nenno, Art Teacher at KIHS!

MAEA is hosting the virtual award ceremony Thursday, May 30 at 7pm from the comfort of your own home! Here is the link to Zoom. You are more than welcome to share this invitation with the Zoom link with friends and family near and far where their names will be mentioned!
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On Principal Harding: In just one year as principal of Kent Island High School, Mr. Daniel Harding has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the arts. He attends every visual and performing arts event, including exhibitions like the Academy Arts Museum Mid-Shore Exhibition and our local ArtScene K-12 student art show. He strongly supports QACPS arts programs and Art Department Chair, Andrea Schulte, QACPS 2023 Teacher of the Year. Harding facilitated her attendance at a three-day art educator retreat at SCAD and supported her in delivering professional development locally and statewide. With a background in special education, he advocates for adapted arts strategies and inclusion of all students in art rooms. His commitment to arts and education is truly commendable. Prior to his current role, he served as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Kent Island High School for eleven years, always advocating for the arts. He is widely beloved by students and staff, making him more than deserving of the honor of the Maryland Art Education Association’s (MAEA) District Administrator Award for QACPS.

On Laquel Nenno: In recognition of her contributions to the advancement of the 3-D Studio Art and 3-D AP Art and Design programs at Kent Island High School. When taking over the 3-D department, KIHS saw a massive increase in enrollment and an improved quality of work as she diversified media and project challenges to engage student voice and choice. Her innovative teaching methods and passion for the arts have fostered a strong sense of community and collaboration among students. Students are invested, having fun and feeling valued because of Ms. Nenno. She goes above and beyond to build meaningful relationships with her students, providing individualized support to help them reach their full artistic potential. Her unwavering commitment to promoting creativity and self-expression is truly inspiring. With three years of teaching experience at KIHS and eighteen years in middle school prior, she now enjoys living in the community where she teaches and is passionate about fostering creativity and individuality. Congratulations to Laquel Nenno, in recognition of the Maryland Art Education Association’s (MAEA) Secondary Art Educator District Award for QACPS.

Principal Harding and Laquel Nenno were nominated for these honors by Michael Bell, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts, in collaboration with and through contributions from Andrea Schulte, Art Department Chair and 2023 QACPS Teacher of the Year.

If you would like to continue to celebrate in person, MAEA is hosting a Summer Celebration at Seneca Creek State Park Sunday, June 2 from 1-4pm! Spend the day at the beautiful state park. All honorees are welcome! You can find more information and RSVP here


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