Heidi Cordova Strang, art history faculty at Front Range Community College’s campus in Westminster, has been named the Colorado Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.
The honor recognizes that Strang has served “the art education community for the last two decades with an incredible amount of energy and passion. Noted for the vibrancy with which she delivers her instruction, she daily engages her students, breathing life into art history with a finesse that few possess.”
The Colorado Art Education Association chose to honor Strang because she “is the epitome of a student-oriented teacher, compassionate, intelligent, outspoken and driven, with the needs of her students always in the forefront of her mind. Her impact on students’ lives and their learning can be seen in their love and loyalty for her as an art educator and human being.”
Strang earned a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado-Denver.
A former colleague wrote in nomination, “She is that rare, energetic and enthusiastic ally of students. She is the mentor we, as art educators in higher education, often wish we could mirror and model. She is the reflection of that special teacher we had as a student – the sage who was instrumental in focusing our desired to continue to embrace the arts.”
Strang will receive the award at the Colorado Art Education Association fall conference in October.
About Front Range Community College
FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.