Longtime teacher honored.

Ruth Lawlor, former art instructor at Augusta Middle School, has been named Outstanding Middle Level Art Instructor of the Year 2012-2013. The Kansas Art Education Association (KAEA) will officially present the award at its fall conference on Oct. 27, in Wichita.

Since 1985, Lawlor taught in the Augusta Public Schools, inspiring students in all grades, but most recently at the middle school level. She attracted a dedicated following of art educators and classroom teachers to her numerous classes and workshops she has presented through Wichita State University, Friends University, and Newman University. Lawlor retired from teaching at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.