Collier Youth Services is proud to announce that Judy Raybon, Collier High School and Middle School art teacher, is being recognized by the Monmouth Arts as Outstanding Educator in Visual Arts at their Annual Arts Education Awards and Showcase on May 9th at the Middletown Arts Center.
Every year, Monmouth Arts hosts their Arts Education Awards and Showcase to honor and acknowledge the power of arts education in Monmouth County. They honor outstanding arts education teachers, leaders, advocates, and organizations who tirelessly work every day to bring quality arts education to everyone. This year, Collier High School and Middle School art teacher, Mrs. Judy Raybon, will be recognized for her hard work and dedication to her students as well as her work in the field of arts education.
Assistant Executive Director of Education, Cindy D’Arcy, describes the positive impact Mrs. Raybon has had on Collier. “Judy Raybon is much more than a typical art teacher here at Collier. Mrs. Raybon reaches students on an intimate level and allows them to express and process their feelings through their art work. She gives them much independence and freedom, guiding them on projects they choose to do. It is obvious that working at Collier is much more than a job for Mrs. Raybon. Her warmth and care for the students is evident in every interaction she has and her art studio exemplifies an open, safe and nurturing environment.”
Mrs. D’Arcy’s sentiment is clearly demonstrated by Mrs. Raybon’s encouragement of her students to participate in the Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival. This year 40 students participated. “Collier students enjoy the many benefits of the Teen Arts Festival through total immersion into a collaborative creative experience. During this unique annual event, students push the boundaries of their comfort zones by engaging in interactive workshops, sharing and speaking about their own art work, and performing in front of peers. The Teen Arts Festival helps Collier students connect with a larger community, build confidence in their abilities and talents, embrace their individuality, and understand their potential through unlimited creative processes,” Mrs. Raybon stated.
This year, two of her students have received recognition from the Teen Arts Festival—one piece has been selected to be a part of an exhibit at The Guild in Shrewsbury, and another was selected to go to the State Teen Arts Festival and will be considered for scholarship money—which was accomplished by Mrs. Raybon’s guidance, openness, and caring. “We are extremely grateful to have Mrs. Raybon at Collier, living the mission every day with all of our students,” explains Mrs. D’Arcy.