About the Author

Debi West

Debi West, Ed.S, NBCT, and WESTpectations Educational Consulting owner, is a retired art educator with over thirty years of teaching experience. This includes twenty-four years of teaching children through the visual arts in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Debi has taught at both the elementary and the secondary levels. She spent her career using project-based learning, art with purpose theories, and integrated instruction with the commitment of ensuring that every student became a successful and authentic learner.

Debi West has written and published over 150 articles for Arts & Activities magazine, School Arts magazine, and the Art of Education University, where she currently teaches online graduate courses. She has been featured in five art education books and has written eight teaching resource guides. She is a leader in the field of art education, working tirelessly with the National Art Education Association as elected former Southeastern Vice President and Southeastern Division Director at both the elementary and secondary levels. Debi West has also served as the former President, Youth Art Month chair, business rep, and conference coordinator for the Georgia Art Education Association. She has presented more than eighty workshops, keynotes, and presentations regionally and nationally. Her visual art has been exhibited in numerous galleries, and she is currently working on her jewelry-making skills and is featured in several upcoming art festivals.

Debi has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the recent 2021 National Emeritus Art Educator, National Elementary Art Educator, National Southeastern Secondary Art Educator, National NAHS Sponsor of the year, the NAEA Marion Quin Dix Leadership award, and was a top ten contender for Georgia Teacher of the Year, representing Gwinnett County Georgia as their 2005 Teacher of the Year. She proudly dedicates these awards to the thousands of students she has been honored to teach throughout the years.

Debi currently resides in Hilton Head, SC with her husband Chuck and is the proud mom of Croy and Carson.

Professional Achievements:

University of South Carolina Bachelor’s Degree (1989)

Moore College of Art and Design Degree (1992)

University of Georgia Master’s Degree (1999)

University of Georiga Education Specialist Degree (2004)

University of Georgia Doctorate Degree (2014)

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decorated staff bathroom

How to Build Staff Morale One Bathroom Makeover at a Time

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
student artwork
Media & Techniques

How to Transform a Basic Drawing Exercise Into an Exciting Lesson

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
midterm ear
Assessment Design

Try Mid-Term Triptychs for an Authentic Twist on Assessment

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
student still life
Media & Techniques

How to Use Art History to Take Your Still-Life Studies to the Next Level

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
hallway display of food paintings
Curriculum Design

A Delicious Lesson All Students Can Sink Their Teeth Into

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
De la Salle in Towne
Relationship Building

A Personal Story About Teaching At-Risk Youth

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
plastic bag print
Media & Techniques

8 Inspiring Printmaking Ideas for Your Classroom This Year

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
hallway display of art

10 Reasons the Art Room Is the Most Important in the School

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
student name design

Name Designs: The Perfect Lesson to Start Your Year

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
fish painting AP art
Curriculum Design

10 Things to Do to Set Your AP Studio Art Students Up for Success

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
envelope to carry stuff for visual journal

The 10 Best Supplies for Visual Journaling

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
journal work

8 Art Activities to Put on Your Summer To-Do List

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article