The 2017 Newark Middle School yearbook has been dedicated to Lisa Stringer, who has taught art at the school for 22 years.
“I am very honored and touched to have received such wonderful recognition as the dedication of this year’s yearbook,” Stringer said. “It was a fantastic surprise that was very unexpected and really means a lot to me. I have always loved working with children especially at the middle school level. I love the unpredictable and innocent qualities that this age process while they navigate the journey to becoming more mature teens.”
After announcing the yearbook had been dedicated to Stringer, Mary Thoms, a seventh grade NMS English language arts teacher and yearbook adviser, read the dedication that was written by Courtney Dentel, Newark High School art teacher and district art department leader:
“To be given an art class at Newark Middle School with Mrs. Lisa Stringer is to be given endless opportunities to explore your imagination and to create fantastic works of art, developing skills for their futures. Mrs. Stringer provides her students with learning experiences through which they can explore art from various cultures around the world to studying master artists’ and styles; from learning how to draw in perspective to using the magic of value to create 3-dimensional illusions on a 2-dimensional surface.
“No matter the theme or topic, Mrs. Stringer’s students are given rich opportunities to develop their own artistic skills and personal expression. They also develop integral life skills of innovation, perseverance, collaboration and communication. Her students are set up for success through her well-developed lessons; and when her students find success, her students find pride and build self-confidence.
“Mrs. Stringer balances structure in her classroom with compassion and humor, creating a safe space to welcome her students. No matter the time of day, whether during a class or planning period, students are in her art room creating art. She has been a teacher who Newark Middle School students admire and regard as someone to look up to. She takes students under her wing and shows them the way, preparing them for their future as high school students and beyond. It’s not uncommon for Mrs. Stringer to make phone calls to her high school art teacher colleagues to check on her art students once they become freshmen.”
“Mrs. Stringer is a strong pillar to our art program here in Newark, as students move up from Kelley School and on to the high school. She is an expert with knowing what middle school students need at this important time in their development and is always able to meet those needs through her work as an art educator.
“Mrs. Stringer is somebody her colleagues can turn to for guidance and she has served as a mentor for many art teachers who have passed through the Middle School during their careers. She has also hosted several student teachers to help prepare them for their own futures as art educators.
“Mrs. Lisa Stringer has dedicated 22 years to the Newark Middle School, after receiving her K-12 Art Education certificate from Buffalo State. She resides in Canandaigua, N.Y. with her husband, Fred, and their son, Neil.
“We are so thankful and proud to be dedicating the 2017 Newark Middle School yearbook to Mrs. Lisa Stringer.”
Stringer was joined onstage during the reading of the yearbook dedication by her husband and Dentel, as well as NHS art teacher Renee Bailey, NHS and NMS art teacher Amanda Kessler and Kelley School art teacher Amy O’Connor.
A Wayland-Cohocton High School graduate, Stringer earned a dual bachelor’s degree in fine art and education from SUNY Buffalo and earned her master’s degree in art education from Nazareth College. She began teaching at NMS in 1995.
Before the yearbook was dedicated, Thoms recognized members of the staff including student photographers: Adam Lombardi, Carter Steve, Gabe White, Kristy Sulkowski, Michaela Colacino and Jensyn Cintron; Tyleek Sevor, who created the title page artwork; and Taylor Serrett, who served as treasurer.