This award was established to recognize the dedication of an AENJ (Art Educators of New Jersey) member who sponsors an outstanding NAHS Chapter. Mrs. Encke received the award on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the AENJ Annual Conference held via Zoom, and was featured in Artbeat, the official AENJ publication.
The feature in Artbeat read, “Lisa is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, and has an MSED in Visual Arts Administration from the Bank Street College of Education in New York. She is a member of both AENJ and NAEA. Not only has Lisa been an educator for over thirty years, she is also an accomplished artist and has participated in a long list of shows and exhibits in New York and New Jersey. She’s a wonderful example of excellence to the students in her Immaculate Heart Academy NAHS chapter, demonstrating commitment, skill and leadership on a daily basis. Lisa has expressed gratitude to work in a community that is rooted in tradition while also having a vision for the future. She says, ‘As an art educator, it is my goal to reflect the national standards and teach our students to respect others, start a dialogue, experiment, observe, find their voice, self-evaluate, clean up, reflect on their work, embrace diversity, persevere, appreciate beauty, break away from stereotypes, envision solutions, value aesthetics, see another point of view, and innovate. These skills will translate well into all aspects of their lives. I am fortunate to work in an environment that supports these goals.’”