Local teacher gets nod from governor

Posted: November 12, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — An art teacher from Berryville has been appointed to the Virginia Commission for the Arts by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Ronald Fabin, who teaches at Heritage High School in Leesburg, is one of four people recently appointed to the commission.

According to the art commission’s website, www.arts.virginia.gov, there are 13 members appointed to five-year terms. It supports arts in the state through funding from both the General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, according to the site.

“I was pretty surprised because I’m thinking there’s a lot of choices [of people to appoint] in the state,” said Fabin, 54. “I’m just really surprised by it all, but happy to help in some way, or any way I can.

“It’s an honor. It’s nice to be considered, let alone have the opportunity to serve the state in that way.”

Fabin spent 21 years teaching art in Winchester Public Schools — at Daniel Morgan Middle and Handley High schools — but has been teaching in Loudoun County for 13 years. Fabin’s wife, Janet, teaches art at Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary in

Winchester.

At Heritage High, Fabin teaches art 1, 2, 3 and 4, advanced placement art, sculpture, drawing and painting, and photography.

“I’m actually teaching every course that’s offered,” he said.

Fabin said he’ll be heading to Richmond next week for an orientation, and will attend his first commission meeting on Dec. 4.

The arts will figure highly in the careers of the future, he said.

“People who can think creatively are going to be highly suitable,” Fabin said. “It’s the future, and I think our technology has a lot to do with it. They’re looking for people who can think outside the box and be creative and come up with new ideas. I think it’s more important than it’s ever been.”

According to a news release from the governor’s office, another area resident, Bob Sussan of Winchester, was appointed to the Charitable Gaming Board. He was unable to be reached for comment Monday.

The board has nine members and advises the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on charitable gaming, according to the department’s website, vdacs.virginia.gov.

— Contact Sally Voth at svoth@winchesterstar.com