EUGENE — O’Hara School art teachers Julie Fulton and Shauna Scott were named winners this year for the National Catholic Educational Association’s Lead Learn Proclaim award.

The award recognizes Catholic educators across the country who strive to make a difference in students’ lives. Teachers are considered for their abilities to collaborate, creatively engage students, embrace Catholic Identity and support rigorous academics that integrate faith.

“The time and dedication that these two women put into their art program is remarkable,” said Tammy Conway, principal of O’Hara. “They have spent countless hours to create an exceptional art program that honors our Catholic faith and inspires our students every time they enter the art room.

“I love seeing how excited the students get about the art they are creating,” Conway added. “They are gaining a lifelong appreciation of the arts that I believe will serve them well throughout their life.”

Fulton and Scott will be recognized at the annual NCEA conference, held in Baltimore this April. Previous awardees from O’Hara are Maryanne Obersinner (2009), April Demers (2015) and Leslie Jones (2017).

“We believe that art instruction is vital to the education of the whole child, and it is our privilege to guide students in making connections between art and Catholic education,” said Fulton and Scott in a school press release. “It is truly a joy to see students come into our classroom and live out their faith through art.”