Evan Rumble, an Art Education student, is the 2015 recipient of the Western Washington University Presidential Scholar award for the College of Fine and Performing Arts. He's been hired to teach high-school level Art and Ceramics full-time in Washougal.
Rumble's commitment reveals itself in his volunteer work at Sehome High School and Whatcom Museum's Family Interactive Gallery (FIG), among other places. Through his work as a CREATE scholar during the initial year of the program (2013-14), he reached out to local schools to work on integrating the arts into their curricula, energetically combining the arts with STEM scholarship, creating STEAM.
Rumble is devoted to the scholarship of teaching and learning, in particular, the integration of multicultural perspectives into K-12 curricula. Senior Art faculty member, Sebastian Mendes, says Rumble is one of the best five students he has taught over the past 14 years at Western.
"Evan is operating as an advanced Studio major, at the same level as our Studio BFA students. In general Art Education students do not achieve this level at Western because of their other requirements and career path. Evan is going to be a very unusual and innovative K-12 teacher because he combines the commitment to educating our children with tremendous creativity and energy as a maker and thinker. It makes me excited to think about how he will contribute to the field of arts education. I have no doubt his impact will be great." Associate Professor Cynthia Camlin
Past Presidential Scholars from the College of Fine and Performing Arts include Margaret McGuigan (2014, Theatre & Dance); John Bash (2013, Music); Reuben Walker (2012, Music); and Rachael Chapman (2011, Theatre Arts). See the complete list of award recipients since 2000.