Ariel Beverly is a K-12 visual arts educator, an arts education advocate, and a public speaker/performer. She is also a self-made entrepreneur that currently runs her own jewelry business.
Ariel attended Illinois State University, majoring in Art Teacher Education with a focus in ceramics and painting. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Sydney, Australia to learn about and observe the New South Wales method for visual arts curriculum development. After graduating in 2017, she began teaching visual arts at the high school level, sharing her passion for creating with her students.
One of her claims to fame is earning the title of Miss Illinois 2019 (+2020 due to Covid-19), and representing Illinois at the Miss America 2020 competition. Taking time away from teaching, she focused her year of service on her chosen social impact initiative, #IncludeTheArts - Advocating for Arts Education. Some of her accomplishments include being the spokesperson for the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools - increasing their social media engagement by more than 971K, partnering with Blick Art Materials to provide several $1,000 art supply grants to schools in need, as well as lobbying for Congressional Resolution 275 to be brought to the local level - which prompted several Illinois mayors to declare a community focused annual "Arts in Education Day". Ariel earned over $15,000 in scholarships by competing in the Miss America Organization, eliminating nearly all of her student loan debt.
Ariel grew up in a family of skydivers, so she is quite the extreme sport enthusiast! She is currently working on her skydiving A-license, she is a rock climber
and former rock climbing instructor, and she has been SCUBA certified since she
was 12 years old. When she isn't off seeking out new adventures with her friends
and family, you will likely find her studying for her MBA graduate program classes, creating new jewelry collections, or trying out a new sushi restaurant.