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Lora Durr Named 2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

June 1, 2019

FORT SCOTT, KS – The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to high school art teacher, Lora Marie Durr, of Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, NJ. Lora will arrive in Fort Scott on June 23rd for a week of collaboration with LMC staff.

The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and Europe, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history.

Lora Marie Durr is the 2018 recipient of the National Art Education Association Eastern Region Middle Level Division Art Educator Award, the 2016 Art Educators of NJ Middle Level Art Educator Award, and was recognized as the 2016 Crockett Middle School Teacher of the Year. Lora currently works at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, NJ, teaching advanced art courses. She is known for her engaging lessons designed to connect students to their community through art. In recent months, Lora's students have used their art to support The Memory Project with creative portraits for Syrian children and have also researched and created artwork to support local animal shelters. She is a dedicated educator who supports her students in and out of the classroom.

Lora has served in many roles in her state's professional art educators' organization and currently holds the position of President Elect of AENJ. She has worked with countless pre-service and novice teachers over the years to contribute to the future of the field of art education. As a presenter for workshops at the state and national level, Lora believes in the importance of lifelong learning for all educators. She is also an active artist, exhibiting her artwork regularly in the region and curating a group exhibition at Artworks Trenton.

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, "We welcome Lora to the LMC Fellowship as an innovative educator, who shares her artistic ability and creativity by inspiring students to use their talents to connect with others."

While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world throughout history.

To schedule interviews or for more information, please contact:

Norm Conard
Executive Director
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Phone: (620) 223-1312

2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow
Name: Lora Marie Durr
School: Hopewell Valley Central High School
Subject: High School Art Teacher
259 Pennington-Titusville Road
Cell Phone: (609) 731-1500