Patti received the award in a public ceremony during Arts Day at the Statehouse, an annual celebration of the arts and the importance of public funding for the arts.
"I'm just tickled pink that Patti, one of our own from southern Indiana, is here today to receive this award," Rep. Borders said. "You can't do enough to honor a great teacher, and that's what Patti is.
"Her dedication to sharing the importance and love of art is an example to the entire state. I can tell you we're very proud back home in southwestern Indiana."
Patti has been an art teacher at the North Knox High School and North Knox Junior High. She was nominated for the award because of her dedication to her students and her enthusiasm for the arts.
Patti takes care that student artwork is displayed in public places, and she has been the faculty sponsor of the North Knox Art Honor Society for the past 25 years. She is an active member of the Art Education Association of Indiana and serves as a member on its executive council and she coached the Fine Arts High School Academic Team that went to the state finals more than once.
This is not Patti's first time being honored. In 2005, she was named the Art Education Association of Indiana Secondary Art Teacher of the Year and in 2006, AEAI named her Art Educator of the Year.