TOLEDO—Toledo Notre Dame Academy principal Kim Grilliot is to be recognized by the Ohio Art Education Association May 17 as the 2012 North West Region recipient of the Distinguished Educator for Art Education service award.
According to the association, Mrs. Grilliot has demonstrated a long-term commitment to supporting the visual arts and has impacted the northwest region of Ohio in a positive way.
Since she has been principal at Notre Dame Academy, Mrs. Grilliot has introduced numerous fine arts initiatives. In the area of visual arts she has added graphic design I & II, web design, photography and an advanced placement art history course that generates six hours of college credit when successfully completed.
Under her leadership, Notre Dame Academy also added the International Baccalaureate Program with courses in the visual arts and speech and drama. Other academic fine arts courses include music tech, competitive speaking and acting, musical dance theatre and popular music.
The art department has the latest technology with 25 large-screen laptops with 25 graphic tablets as does the music department with laptops equipped with headphones and microphones.
Notre Dame has continued to garner honors in the visual arts with students earning honors in the 2012 YAM Flag Design Competition, the Ninth Congressional District Invitational Art Exhibition, the Art Criticism Open, the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, Connect to Creativity Teen Art Show, Focus Show and the Walleye T-shirt Design Contest.
Students have also been recognized yearly in state and national speech and debate competitions, the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) All-District Honors Musicians, OMEA All-State Choir and more.