Dr. Judith Applewhite Chen is the District Director of Art for the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District which is the public school district serving the Nassau County, Long Island community of Plainview and Old Bethpage, as well as a small part of Farmingdale, NY. Dr. Chen received her Doctorate in Education from Dowling College and her professional diploma from Long Island University, C.W. Post where she won the Outstanding Student Award for her 4.0 Average. She received her Master of Science in Arts Education from Queens College New York and her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Greensboro College, Greensboro, North Carolina.
Dr. Chen’s passion for teaching art to K-12 students motivated her to orchestrate a career that today allows her to supervise K-12 art staff for eight schools, oversee three computer art labs and coordinate previews and exhibits in three galleries. Additionally, Judith oversees the Kennedy Center Partnership for Plainview-Old Bethpage School District where she designs workshops in all content areas for K-12 teacher training with a goal of integrating the arts into all content areas. She also supervises PTA Arts-in-Education programs, partnerships with the Heckscher Museum and Nassau County Museum and Journey Program staff development through the Huntington Arts Council as well as oversees the BOCES Cultural Art and Outdoor Education budget. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at New York Institute of Technology teaching graduate courses in curriculum and technology as well as educational foundation courses. Judith holds leadership positions in School Board Governance at the national, state, regional and local level and is frequently called upon to serve on panels and appear in media events as a presenter and expert on arts education and other topics such as “The Changing Role of School Boards” and “Blueprint for Best Instructional Practices.” Judith is a Core Committee Member of the Long Island Scholar-Artist Award program.