The Massachusetts Art Education Association has announced that Mary Beth Eldridge, an art teacher at Taconic High School, has been named the 2016 Secondary Art Educator of the Year.

This award encompasses the 2015-2016 academic year and honors an outstanding member of MAEA whose service and contribution to the field of art education merit recognition and acclaim.

The award was presented at MAEA's annual conference on Nov. 7 at Mass MoCA in North Adams.