Olsen Ross, art instructor at Jefferson County School of Visual Art, housed at the Dabb’s Campus of Shades Valley High School, has been named Alabama’s Art Educator of the Year!

arteducatorRoss has taught Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, 2-D and Drawing, Advanced Placement Studio Art, and career technical advertising design courses at Shades Valley’s Art Academy since 2002.  More importantly, he has inspired his students with creativity and a love for the visual arts. (Here are some samples of the students’ art.)

Shades Valley offers Jefferson County students two-year technical and four-year academyprograms that prepare graduates for advanced study in a number of areas, including Visual Arts.