2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education

Kayley Quick is an exceptional and inspirational educator who teaches Graphic Design at Flagstaff High School. In addition to being an integral part of the art and performance scene for many years, she has been highly successful in helping her students achieve personal and public success in their studies, careers, public contributions and community connections.

In 2019, Kayley’s graphic design program was one of nearly 6,000 high schools to submit to the Vans Custom Culture Shoe Design Competition. Once accepted into the 500 schools selected to create the physical shoe designs, Kayley’s students advanced to the top 50 schools opening the designs to public vote. Propelled by the incredible and overwhelming support of the Flagstaff community, the graphic design program won the competition, ultimately winning the $75,000 prize and a surprise concert and party for the school. Not only was this a huge success for Flagstaff High School, but the story was celebrated and publicized statewide and nationally. 

In addition to the Vans achievement, her students have received many notable awards in other international, national and state competitions. In 2018 and 2019, two students placed gold and silver in the Golden Image Competition, a prestigious international competition in the screen-printing industry. In 2019, a student placed 2nd in state at the SkillsUSA T-shirt Design competition. In 2018, a student placed 1st in the state in the SkillsUSA Screen Printing competition, ultimately competing in the national SkillsUSA competition and placed 9th in the nation. Every year since she began teaching at Flagstaff High School her students have placed gold, silver and/or bronze at regional events.

The nominee does not teach traditional science in the classroom, but incorporates aspects of social science and culture. Kayley teaches graphic design as a consistent analysis of community and culture in an effort to train students to create work that appeals to and connects with people. Kayley passionately believes in the importance of her students integrating with the professional design industry and the community of Flagstaff to foster their understanding what it means to be a contributing citizen. She does this by bringing industry professionals to the classroom, field trips, having students create designs for local businesses and managing social media accounts to engage with the public.

Kayley has a deep desire to connect with her student’s individual cultures, learn about their rich histories and how their identities relate to their artistic creations. She constantly encourages art projects and competitions that are geared towards students who have a variety of traditional backgrounds, such as the Heard Museum’s Indigenous Student Art Competition and the Vans shoe design that represented the student’s deep connection to their Navajo culture.

Kayley has an amazing connection to her students. It’s obvious in every interaction she has with them. She cares deeply for their success and has an incredible passion for the work she does. The feeling is mutual as her students and fellow faculty adore her.

Holding a check for $75,000, a trophy and the shoe designs that won them first place in the Vans Custom Culture design contest are from left to right, Alyssa Williams, Nicole Dougherty, and teacher Kayley Quick.

From previous students:

“I was a student in Mrs. Quick’s graphic design class and she is an amazing teacher who cares about her students and their success very much. Her program has won many awards including 1st place in the national Vans Custom Culture contest. I can’t think of a teacher more deserving of recognition than Mrs. Quick.”

“She has been a huge creative influence and mentor. Throughout the three years I had in her class I learned so much. During my senior year I joined the SkillsUSA team for Graphic Design, she was very willing to stay after school and let me work on my projects and give me feedback on what I needed to work on. She also gave great advice for my after high school plan and how I could become a professional designer.”

12News Vans Custom Culture Win Article
Yahoo Finance Vans Custom Culture Win Article
Americans for the Arts Vans Custom Culture Article
Arizona Daily Sun Vans Custom Culture Win Article
Navajo Hopi Observer Vans Custom Culture Win Article
KNAU Vans Custom Culture Article
12News Vans Finalists Article
Arizona Daily Sun SGIA Screen Printing Gold
Arizona Daily Sun SkillsUSA Nationals Screen Printing

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