Black River Falls educator receives top award

Jackson County Chronicle:Art is expression for Lee Amborn.

He always was drawing as a kid, and that’s why it didn’t surprise his mother when he pursued becoming an art teacher, he said.

“I think it’s the ability to express yourself on paper or on canvas – or whatever the particular medium was, but to express yourself in ways that you can’t do verbally or with the written word,” said Amborn, who will retire this spring after a 14-year career teaching art in the Black River Falls School District. “For me, it was always easier to do that with a picture.

“For me, (expression) just happened to be in art – drawing, painting, coloring. As I got older, I got more into it and enjoyed it more and I found more of the ability to express myself through art, and I just thought, you know, it might be kind of neat to help others find that ability also.”

Amborn is closing out his teaching career as Wisconsin’s top middle school art teacher for 2016 after receiving the Middle School Art Educator of the Year award from the Wisconsin Art Education Association.

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