The Denton school district handed out a big award to an elementary school art teacher Tuesday night.
Kay Adamson was named Teacher of the Year. Her classes are not about being the best artist, she said.
"Everyone is an artist," she said. "It just takes an encouraging word. 'Can't' is not allowed in my room."
The Ginnings Elementary School teacher is molding the positive outlook into her students.
"When they come in here, they are going to be encouraged whether they can draw a stick or not," Adamson said.
Adamson said she hopes to create lifelong learners.
Her passion for teaching won her the Denton Independent School District honor, said Missey Chavez, Ginnings principal.
"There is no doubt that every single day, she is amazing here, and that was recognized districtwide," Chavez said. "She looks at the education of the entire child -- not just art education, but the entire child -- what they need socially, if they just need a hug, if they are needing something sweet, special, she is the one to provide it."
As school districts face budget cuts, Adamson said programs such as art are important.
"You can have art in every walk of life -- art to fill your joy, art to express yourself," she said. "But it can also be tied into math and science and reading and social studies. It's just all-encompassing."