Laurie Sweet has been an art teacher for Regional School District No. 6 since 2002 and currently teaches art and is a Talented and Gifted Mentor at the district’s three elementary schools. Laurie was named 2016 Teacher of the Year for her district and semifinalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year. Laurie believes that art is a process, a journey of self-expression while learning new ways to create art. She encourages students to have curiosity, a sense of belonging, and to have the spirit of adventure using the 4C’s of 21st Century Readiness: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication. Laurie is part of Region 6’s Enrichment Team (E-Team). The E-Team supports Interdisciplinary student learning and a growth-mindset across all content areas. Awards include the Follett Creativity Grant Award for the outstanding creative and collaborative lesson documentary Regarding Amelia. Other recognition is for community fundraising events to support the Northwest Arts Council and the Litchfield Community Center. As an undergraduate, Laurie earned her Certification in Art Education (PreK-12) and a BFA in Illustration at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia and has earned a MA in Holistic Thinking at The Graduate Institute.