2018 FAAE Leadership Award Recipients

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The Florida Alliance for Arts Education recognizes leaders who work in various capacities to ensure that arts education is available in all Florida schools and communities and that arts education is of the highest quality.  Leadership in the areas of education, administration, and community are recognized.

Arts Education Professional Awards

Sharon Reid-Kane
Vice President of Education & Outreach, Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, Florida

Amanda Thompson
Education and Exhibitions Manager
The Council on Culture & Arts
Tallahassee, Florida

Business Leadership Award

Ted Gee
President and Co-Founder
Live Music Tutor
Austin, Texas (for work in Osceola County)

Community Volunteer Award

The Matlacha Hookers
Pine Island, Florida
Lee County Schools

  Superintendent's Award

Dr. Debra Pace
District Superintendent
School District of Osceola County

   School Administrator Leadership Award

Deborah Fahmie
District Fine and Performing Arts Resource Specialist
School District of Osceola County



The ACE of Hearts Award

Jodi Jeffreys-Tanner
Business and Community Leader 
Broward County


 The Dr. Mary Palmer Legacy Trailblazer Award

The Dr. Mary Palmer Legacy Trailblazer Award is an award given to honor individuals who have elevated arts education as their core mission. This award is named after Dr. Mary Palmer, Ph.D. who is Professor Emeritus of the UCF College of Education and whose tireless work on behalf of arts education – and specifically arts integration – has gained her a national reputation as not only an advocate for arts education, but also as an individual who recognizes the transformative power of the arts.