LOS ANGELES - Ocean Park resident Lynn Waldorf was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in education from the University of California at Los Angeles on Dec. 16. A professional artist and former schoolteacher (including substituting at Ilwaco High in 1998), Dr. Waldorf became interested in the links between the arts and learning while moonlighting as a museum educator.
"I had questions about how children's thinking was affected by their participation in art activities that I couldn't find answers for," she explained. "So I decided to learn how to conduct scientific research and answer the questions myself."
During her 7-year tenure at UCLA, Dr. Waldorf attracted national attention for her studies on the role of professional artists in public education and on measuring student learning through the arts. She was a two-time recipient of the Hoyt scholarship, numerous university fellowships and a highly competitive mentorship research grant.
Beyond her research pursuits and consulting in program design for school districts and arts organizations, Dr. Waldorf has been a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and recently completed an evaluation of learning outcomes for a million-dollar teacher-training project in Pierce County sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. This winter, Waldorf is taking time away from research to reconnect with her own creative process at her studio in Ocean Park. She is currently working on a series of oil paintings inspired by watching container ships cross the Columbia River bar.