Congratulations to Emily Saleh who was nominated by a professional colleague for her leadership in Art Education. Emily Saleh is a fourth and fifth grade elementary visual arts and design educator at the Village School in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. Emily serves as the Preservice Commissioner on the National Art Education Association’s new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission. She is also an advisor to the National Education Association Foundation. 

Emily’s undergraduate college capstone research is an auto-ethnography focused on the embroidery of her identity. She served as an assistant coordinator to the Graduate Research in Art Education Conference at Syracuse University in 2016 where she received her B.F.A.  Emily has participated in group presentations at the National Art Education Association National Conference as part of her ongoing advocacy for her most marginalized students. 

The cornerstone of Emily’s teaching pedagogy and art/design practices is that the art studio is a sanctuary for all people. Her teaching centers on culturally responsive social-emotional practices, racial justice, and student-centered art making practices.