Brandy Sitts Named Secondary Art Educator of the Year

09.18.2017 2:01 PM

Brandy Sitts, Putnam City’s fine arts and gifted/talented coordinator, has been named Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Art Education Association. She will receive the award on Sept. 30 during the organization’s fall conference in Tulsa.

The award honors an art educator for a diverse set of skills and accomplishments, taking into account factors such as artistic production, leadership roles, art exhibitions, honors, program development and more.

Sitts is just a few months into her first year with Putnam City. The award recognizes her work last year teaching visual arts in Moore Public Schools. In the course of her career in Moore she taught every grade except pre-k and 7th-grade, but most recently taught 3D visual art (ceramics, sculpture, metalsmithing, etc.) for introductory through advanced placement courses at Westmoore High School.

“We’re so excited to have Brandy as part of our team in Putnam City. As this award shows, she has great expertise and experience to share with our teachers and students, and we are thrilled that she is with us,” says Keely Frayser, Putnam City’s executive director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Sitts says she’s been influenced by students she taught and teachers she worked with.

“It’s always been an honor to work with students to help them master art media, apply their creativity and find their personal voice and style of expression. Those students have really impacted me significantly. At the same time, I’m blessed to have had peers support me and help shape me into the art educator I am today. For both reasons I’m blessed to have been nominated and chosen for this award,” Sitts says.

In 2012 Sitts received the Karen Kirkpatrick Youth Art Month Award from the Oklahoma Art Education Association and in 2017 was featured as an innovative art teacher in the Oklahoma State Department of Education fine arts newsletter. She is a member of the Oklahoma Art Education Association, the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education, the Oklahoma Association for the Gifted, Creative and Talented, the Oklahoma Education Association and the National Art Education Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Central Oklahoma and is working on a master’s degree in gifted and talented education, also at UCO.