Art teacher Daphne Draa teaches at the Indianapolis Public Schools Center for Inquiry #2 in Indianapolis. Draa, who grew up in Saudi Arabia and traveled worldwide, places great importance on advocating tolerance and acceptance of cultural differences. In the past, she has done projects like taking letters and photos of students along with a student-made film, Peace Ambassadors, to share with pupils in Saudi Arabia. She also coordinated students, parents, neighborhood organizations, district officials, business partners and local artists to create public art and community events. Draa sits on the district's Art Advisory Committee and serves as teacher liaison to the Parent Teacher Student Association, Student Council advisor, mentors first year teachers, leads professional development workshops and hosts student teachers from many area universities. A proponent of service learning, Draa teaches part-time at the University of Indianapolis and for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). She has been recognized and awarded both nationally and internationally for her innovative teaching, commitment and dedication.
2013 Lowell Milken Center Fellow