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Tricia Fuglestad

K-5 Art, EdTech, Author, Illustrator, Animator



Tricia Fuglestad is a national board-certified elementary art teacher with 30 years of experience. She is also an author, illustrator, animator, and artist from Hoffman Estates, Illinois. With a master's degree in K-12 tech integration, she has successfully blended digital and physical art techniques in her transdigital lessons, available at fuglefun.com. Her innovative approach aims to expand the curriculum, provide students with opportunities to explore new media, and find transformative ways for them to dynamically demonstrate their learning. Tricia's classroom has been featured in educational publications and higher education textbooks. Her students' Fugleflicks, student-created art-related videos, have been screened at international film festivals and have received multiple contest wins and awards. Throughout her career, Tricia has been recognized with numerous state and national awards for her innovation and dedication to art education by organizations such as NAEA, IAEA, Golden Apple, PBS, Artsonia, and ISTE. It has been her dream to engage children worldwide with captivating books that blend her teaching experience, artistic talents, and the transformative power of augmented reality, making reading immersive, imaginative, and truly (Fugle)fun. Her new interactive AR SEL children’s book, PETER O’ Meter, has turned her dreams into (augmented) reality. linktr.ee/fuglefun


ISTE Teacher Education Network AwardISTE TEN sponsored a country wide video contest where teachers shared how they innovate with technology to teach their students. We won 2nd place. See our entry here.

PBS Teachers Innovation AwardTricia was one of 10 teachers chosen nation-wide in their first annual PBS Teachers Innovation Awards. She was flown to Austin to attend the PBS Conference and had her students' work highlighted before hundreds of PBS creators.See this video made by WTTW to celebrate Read a local article about the award. https://vimeo.com/20262301

Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction 2012Tricia was awarded this honor through the Golden Apple Foundation after nominations, interviews, and site visits to her classroom. See these well wishes from my students. See this video made by one class to explain how much art means to them. See this blog post for more.

Western Region Art Teacher of the YearTricia was awarded this honor through the National Art Education Association. The nomination was reviewed against teachers in a number of states. She was awarded at the 2013 NAEA conference. See the Chicago Tribune article here.

The latest group of Jacobs Teacher Educators, outstanding teachers with tech, announced by the IU School of Education.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University School of Education has honored four teachers from three states with the latest...IU Bloomington NewsroomJacobs Educator Award Winner, 2014Tricia was awarded this honor largely based on her work to amplify her students voices through problem-based learning in the creation of Fugleflicks. See her video here and the post to explain all the PBL in her art room.

Art Education Technology Award for Outstanding Community Service Tricia was awarded this honor following a year of coping with a family emergency by pouring energy into developing lessons for art educators. The award was accepted at the NAEA conference. Learn more in my blog post.

Illinois Art Teacher of the Year 2011Tricia was awarded the highest award for teachers through the Illinois Art Education Association.

Artsonia Leadership Award15 art teachers from around the country were nominated by peers and awarded the Artsonia Leadership Award for creative and innovative art galleries on Artsonia. Read more here.

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