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  • Former LFCSD intern to be honored with Educator of the Year award

  • Though she didn’t intend on getting into the education field for her profession, Tracy Glazer has spent the past ten years teaching art to high school students and art teachers.

    This Sunday, Glazer will be honored with the state Art Teacher’s Association Educator of the Year award for Region Two during a ceremony at the association’s annual conference in Tarrytown.

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  • Though she didn’t intend on getting into the education field for her profession, Tracy Glazer has spent the past ten years teaching art to high school students and art teachers.
    This Sunday, Glazer will be honored with the state Art Teacher’s Association Educator of the Year award for Region Two during a ceremony at the association’s annual conference in Tarrytown.
    In a news release from Nazareth College, it states Glazer was recognized by the association for “her interest in furthering the field of art education both inside and outside the classroom. She is passionate about furthering art education in the lives of teens and children alike as is evident in her work as a director of Saturday Art for Children for Teens at Nazareth College.”
    With receiving the award, Glazer will be nominated for the 2012 New York State Art Educator of the Year among a pool of ten nominees. Glazer graduated from Herkimer High School in 1995 and her parents, Michael and Patti Buchinski, still live in Herkimer.
    In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Glazer said she wasn’t a traditional art student, but did take art classes in high school with Marianne Frye and found her to be “really inspirational.”
    Then when she was a student at Herkimer County Community College, she was also inspired by her photography professor, Gale Farley.
    “Visual arts is an amazing way to become creative in problem solving,” she said. “Art explains things that you can’t explain.”
    She eventually had hopes of becoming a high fashion photographer. It wasn’t until Glazer interned with the Little Falls City School District in 1998 that she was turned on to teaching.
    “When I was in Little Falls, I realized the impact that I can have on students,” she said.
    She graduated from HCCC in 1998 and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Nazareth College in 2001 and 2006, respectively. She is currently working on her doctorate’s degree in teaching and curriculum at the University of Rochester.
    Glazer teaches art teachers at Nazareth College. She said she had intended to return to the area to teach art, but found herself settling in Rochester with her husband, Dr. Abraham Glazer, and their two children.
    Glazer is also the director of the Saturday Art for Children and Teens, an art enrichment program for students in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. According to its website, “students in grades pre-kindergarten through 6 actively create art in a variety of 2D and 3D media [and] students in grades 7-9 create digital art in one of the college’s state-of-the-art computer labs.”
    “A lot of schools are cutting budgets. So we’re trying to support local art teachers and have extra enrichment programs that they may be unable to provide in their district,” said Glazer.
    Page 2 of 2 - About 320 students per year participate in the sessions, 40 percent of which attend on a scholarship. The sessions are taught by advanced art education students and are supervised by Nazareth faculty.
    Glazer said she was nominated for the award by her students.
    “It’s an amazing honor, but it’s really a tribute to my students,” she said. “To be nominated by my students who are currently art teachers and to have them go into the community to say what they have learned has been valuable, it’s more of tribute to them instead of to me.”
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