DLHS art classroom named after former 53-year-old art teacher Robert Moore

On National Teachers ’Thanksgiving Day, Devils Lake High School (DLHS) paid tribute to former DLHS art teacher Robert Moore.

DEVILS LAKE – More than 50 students, teachers, school board members and relatives gathered in a common space at Devils Lake High School (DLHS) on May 3 to honor a longtime community associate.

However, the “community collaborator” only paints part of the picture. The event served as an opportunity to commemorate Robert Moore, a former art teacher who taught at DLHS from 1956 to 2009. Even that would only brighten part of the honorary ceremony. After all, the ceremony served as an opportunity for the art classroom to be named after him.

To Steven Swiontek, “Robert H. Moore’s Art Education Classroom” will help illustrate Moore’s enduring influence. Moore, who died Feb. 13, 2021, was named “Teacher of the Year in the United States” in 1965 and consistently taught his students five basic skills he considered vital to art education beyond pure creativity: collaboration, self-confidence, cultural awareness with empathy and critical thinking.

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