Alumna Natalie Friedl Awarded NCAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year
Friedl has been teaching art education for Charlotte Mecklenburg schools for fifteen years, fourteen have been spent at Torrence Creek Elementary School. She has served as a regional representative for the NCAEA board and has taught several workshops on a state and national level including clay, Autism in the art room, and art projects highlighting North Carolina.
“I love teaching art especially to elementary aged students and always welcome clinical students/student teachers from University of North Carolina at Charlotte or Appalachian State University. My heart is happiest while teaching both of these wide range of students who are so very different in age yet so much alike in the most wonderful ways,” said Friedl. “My most favorite and meaningful project is Empty Bowls in which our entire school helps to create ceramic bowls and then we auction them off. We have raised around $2,000 for several years now for a local soup kitchen in which they use the funds to feed children in our community lunch during the summer months when school is out. It's a win-win situation and a feel good project for everyone!”