Lowell Milken Center Fellow
FORT SCOTT, KS – June 1, 2022 – The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international nonprofit educational organization, has awarded its prestigious scholarship to Libya Doman, a middle school art teacher at Cooper Middle School in McLean, Virginia. Libya is also a facilitator of cultural responsiveness. Libya arrived at Fort Scott on June 19e for a week of collaboration with LMC staff.
The LMC Fellowship is a merit-based award for educators of all disciplines who appreciate the importance of teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning. The Center selects exemplary teachers from the United States and around the world who will collaborate on projects that uncover, develop, and communicate the stories of history’s unsung heroes.
Libya Doman, who taught elementary visual arts at Fairfax County Public Schools for 17 years before moving on to college, was named the 2021 National Art Educators Associations Art Educator of the Year along with Virginia Art Educator. Associations’ 2020 Art Educator Associations. of the Year and Elementary Arts Educator of the Year. As a champion of diversity, equity, inclusion and access, Libya uses art and conversation as “mirrors and windows” to see ourselves and others. It allows students to explore their personal identities and their relationships to the world to create relevant and meaningful art.
Libya founded Disrupting Norms after serving as an induction coach, curriculum writer and model teacher in her school system, as well as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. As a facilitator for schools, universities, museums, associations and other organizations, Libya designs and delivers programs, workshops and speeches to help educators address topics often considered “taboo”, such as race and gender.
Libya is an engraver who creates etchings, woodcuts and linocuts. Beyond the field of education, Libya serves as a juror for art exhibitions and film festivals. Libya encourages all of us to disrupt the norms that stand in the way of our collective growth.
LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says: “Libya is a talented educator who uses her area of expertise to help students become the best they can be. With its incredible expertise in arts education, Libya will be an important contributor to our 2022 LMC scholarship and the Center’s ArtEffect program for students.
While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources, and support to help students cultivate a passion for learning through creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows will be equipped to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students, applying and evaluating the stories of these world-changing role models