Barbara Gautcher has taught art for over 30 years and was named the 2014 Virginia Secondary Art Teacher of the year by the VAEA. She began her teaching career in Baltimore public schools and recently retired from Eastern Mennonite High School where she taught a myriad of art classes, from design, drawing, and painting to pottery, sculpture, and stained glass! She has a B.A. from Bridgewater College and an M.F.A. from MICA. She keeps busy teaching adjunct classes at local universities, painting and exhibiting her abstract acrylics, serving on boards, visiting her grandchildren, and traveling.