PORTAGE | Portage High School art teacher Paula Wiese has been named the Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the Art Education Association of Indiana.
Wiese, a Chesterton resident, received the recognition during the association's convention last week.
Wiese is the PHS art department chairperson. She has received several grants, including the A+ for Energy Grant, which provided her students the opportunity to create Solar Powered Ceramic Fountains.
Wiese also coordinated the Empty Bowl Project, which involves students making and selling ceramic bowls. Portage students raised about $3,200 for the local food pantry over the last three years.
Wiese was nominated by fellow art teacher Cynthia Stojic.
"The one thing that makes Paula stand out is her willingness to help other students get on track their junior and senior year. She helps students with college applications, scholarships and financial aid, meets with parents and gets the job done," Stojic said.
PHS Principal Caren Swickard said Wiese showcases her students' artwork in the community and participates in many exhibits. She also has served in many leadership roles in the school.
"Mrs. Wiese is a master teacher, a school leader and a great individual," Swickard said.
My mom is really a wonderful mother and an incredible person! She is really so deserving! Way to go mom, you're one of a kind!