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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Professional Practice

15 of the Best Facebook Groups for Art Teachers

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Curriculum Design

How to Pare Your Lesson Plans Down to the Essentials

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Curriculum Approaches

7 Helpful Tips for Successful Tape Murals

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Curriculum Design

10 Concepts Every Intro to Art Course Should Cover

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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20 Characteristics All Great Art Teachers Share

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Media & Techniques

Why Bike Studies Are the Perfect End-of-the-Year Project

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Media & Techniques

An Engaging Watercolor Lesson for All Grade Levels

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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50 Visual Journal Prompts to Promote Drawing and Creative Thinking Skills

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Media & Techniques

3 Cool Projects to Use Up Scraps at the End of the Year

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Curriculum Design

The Most Creative Way to Teach Your Students Art Vocabulary!

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Media & Techniques

A Creative Way to Teach Your Students the Art of Anatomy

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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15 Simple Ways to Celebrate Youth Art Month in Your School!

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article