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Christine Dease said the aspect of her job that makes it all worth it is when she hears that past students have moved on to a career in art. Staff photo by Amber Kispert

A masterpiece of an art instructor

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[Editor's note: this is the first in a three-part series profiling the Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Educators.]

Is it Christine Dease's inability to say no to a person in need of help? Or is it her excitement in what she is teaching? Is it her respect for her students? Or maybe it's all of the above.


Whatever the reason, Dease, a Woodbury High School art teacher, has been named the "Outstanding Secondary Educator of the Year" by the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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