Lauren Case, our district visual and performing arts specialist, received a 2022 KAGE Service & Advocacy Award from the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education. Colleagues recognized her during their Feb. 22-23 virtual state conference. “I have worked diligently over the past five years in FCPS Gifted and Talented to create opportunities and access to the arts for students, develop screenings and auditions to seek out student talent, and create unique arts opportunities,” said Case, who praised the GT resource teachers in our schools and leaders in the GT department for their support.
Case is in her 13th year with Fayette County Public Schools, including stints at Russell Cave, William Wells Brown, and Ashland elementaries and Bryan Station High School. “Students should be taught through real-life connections, experiences, and hands-on learning,” Case said. “This applies to the arts, general academic subjects, and gifted and talented students. We need to challenge GT students by teaching in and through the arts. The arts allow students to create, perform, present, and learn in a style that makes them excited about school and eager to learn.”
Case earned a bachelor’s in Arts Administration with an emphasis in Dance from the University of Kentucky. She also has an MAT in Education from Bellarmine University, a K-12 Kentucky Dance Teacher Certification, and a teaching endorsement in Gifted and Talented education. Case has taught dance, drama, and visual/performing arts in public and private schools for 20 years. She also has choreography experience with private dance studios, musical theatre groups, and other performing artists.