Hume-Fogg teacher earns GSFTA Teacher of the Year award

Snider Congratulations are in order! Shayna Snider, an art teacher at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School, was named Governor's School for the Arts' (GSFTA) Teacher of the Year.

GSFTA is a four-week residency summer program for high school students gifted in music, visual art, theatre, dance and filmmaking founded by Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander in 1984. Five students from Snider's classroom are attending the program this summer, which has only happened once in the program's history.

Over the past ten years, Snider has taught a variety of courses in Metro Schools, including Visual Arts I, II, III, and IV, Visual Communication, Digital Art, AP Drawing, 2D Design, and 3D Design.

She is currently a member of the Frist Art Education Advisory Council as well as the MNPS Visual Arts Advisory Council and has served as a GLADIS Visual Arts portfolio evaluator for the state of Tennessee. Her students have achieved regional and national Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition and gone on to receive scholarships and attend leading arts institutions, such as Pratt, California College of the Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Snider came to Tennessee in 2007 from New York where she received her master’s degree in art education from the School of Visual Arts. Her education to be a teacher included placements at powerhouse New York schools, such as Art and Design High School and the Chapin School for Girls, both of which greatly influenced the formative years of her teaching practice and continue to guide her in her classroom today.