DUNEDIN — Garrison-Jones Elementary art instructor Eleni Strawn has won Artsonia’s 2019 Art Education Leadership Award. The award honors pioneers in the art education community who continuously inspire their peers and engage students.

Strawn’s peers and Artsonia selected her among thousands of instructors as one of 15 national winners of this award.

“I am surrounded by outstanding art teachers in my school district and believe that we all encourage each other to be the best that we can be,” said Strawn. “It is an honor to be recognized by my peers.”

Strawn has taught art for 12 years, following a career as a special education teacher. She is one of thousands of art teachers from over 100 countries around the world who use Artsonia to showcase their student art, crowdsource lesson plans and help fundraise for their classrooms. Artsonia, the world’s largest online student art museum with more than 65 million pieces of art, lets family and friends of student artists create and purchase organic keepsakes from the student art, and then gives back 20 percent of all revenue to the local art classroom.

Artsonia’s 2019 Art Education Leadership award serves as a way to honor the hard-working passionate instructors who help children tap into their creative side and learn to create and cherish art.