SPANISH FORK — The National Art Education Association has named Maple Mountain High School art teacher Jethro D. Gillespie to receive the 2013 Utah Art Educator of the Year Award. 

The award, determined through a peer review of nominations, honors an outstanding member from each state or province association whose service and contribution to art education merits recognition and acclaim.

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Gillespie said he enjoys teaching art to students and that he feels lucky to be recognized for doing what he loves.

NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils; and artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries.