Judaic and General Studies Art Teacher
Year Honored: 2023
Sinai Akiba Academy
Los Angeles, CA
Every student at Sinai Akiba Academy is a celebrated artist thanks in large part to Mrs. Anna August, the school’s Judaic and General Studies Art Teacher. For more than two decades, Mrs. August’s art curriculum based on Bible interpretations and Jewish holidays has sparked a passion for creativity among her students.
When students need inspiration, developing innovative new art projects is where Mrs. August shines. Her students use several artistic mediums – including painting and drawing, clay, and mixed media – to display their understanding of biblical stories and the study of Tanach. Most notably, Mrs. August has integrated virtual reality into her classroom, allowing students to paint scenes from Exodus virtually. Every year, Mrs. August coordinates an annual art show, making sure each student’s work is professionally displayed across their school and synagogue, celebrating Sinai Akiba’s kehillah (congregation). Additionally, Mrs. August leads after-school classes, facilitates faculty art projects, and annually attends art conferences. Her compassionate, empathetic approach to teaching demonstrates her dedication to excellence in Jewish education and developing independent thinkers.
Note: This biography was current at the time this educator received the Award