Judy Raybon of Collier School is named ASAH Educator of the Year

Judy Raybon of Collier School is named ASAH Educator of the Year
Posted on 11/27/2017
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Collier School, a program of Collier Youth Services, is proud to announce that Judy Raybon was named “Educator of the Year” from ASAH—a first for Collier. Selected out of hundreds of submissions, Judy was honored and awarded this title during ASAH’s annual conference held in Atlantic City.

Judy has been an art teacher for both Collier High School and Middle School for the past 7 years.
“What is most striking about Judy is that she brings art into every facet of Collier School,” stated Cindy D’Arcy, Assistant Executive Director of Education at Collier School, which at a school like Collier is especially important for our students. The majority of youth at Collier School suffer from mental health and behavior challenges which makes art an exceptional healing tool and Judy’s art room a safe space. In addition to the typical benefits of art such as self-expression, “art helps our students to problem solve and make decisions. Through productive and constructive exchanges, they learn to regulate their emotions and create relationships with others” Judy explained, which certainly translates into the classroom, social settings, and the work place.

Art has always been a part of Judy’s life starting at a young age. After owning her own business, Judy went into art education and has been teaching for 17 years and hasn’t looked back. “I am so humbled and honored to have won but I am more excited for the art community and for Collier. It takes a village and I could not have received this honor by myself. I am blessed that I get to do what I do,” stated Ms. Raybon.

In addition to teaching at Collier School, Judy is an avid volunteer. Working with dementia patients, the homeless, individuals with autism, and the incarcerated, Judy uses art to help them regulate their feelings and form positive, healthy relationships with others. 

Collier is incredibly proud of Judy’s accomplishment, her passion for the arts, and ability to engage every student. Congratulations, Judy!

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