State Directors of VASE
The Directors of VASE work together in conjunction with the TAEA Executive Board to facilitate the TAEA VASE program.
TEAM State Director — Mary Tavares
Responsibilities: TEAM Regional Directors, Student Gallery for TEAM, Finance and Budget, Oversees TEAM Regional Events.
What I Love About TAEA: TAEA has become a very important part of my life as an art educator. It has helped me grow as an elementary art teacher and as a leader in the art community. It has helped me become more confident amongst my peers. I love the support that I feel when I talk to other members.
Junior VASE State Director — Suzy Greene
Responsibilities: JRVASE Regional Directors, Student Gallery for JrVASE, Finance and Budget, Oversees JrVASE Regional Events.
What I Love About Junior VASE: Since the late 90s when I was asked to be a presenter for State VASE workshops in Arlington, I was hooked. As a middle school teacher, of course I said "yes". Working with the best of the best — yes, I will. That's all it took. I love being part of this event, whether it is regional or state, JV, HS, or TEAM — I am always amazed at what the students produce and how passionate they are about what they have created. Reading what they write or say about their work has really made me feel like I know this artist. I saw how JV improved the work my students were doing and how eager they were to be able to attend the regional event.
High School VASE State Director — Chris Cooper
Responsibilities: High School VASE Regional Directors, Student Gallery for High School VASE, Finance and Budget, Oversees High School VASE Regional Events.
What I Love About TAEA: I love being a part of the TAEA family. No place else can I find such a positive, supportive group of creatives who never fail to inspire me, and who all share a mission: tirelessly sharing and advocating for Visual Arts across our state, and faithfully inspiring the creative potential of our next generation.
High School State Event Director — Sarah Pagona
Responsibilities: State Event Coordination, Oversees State Event Foremen and Directors
What I Love About TAEA: I love that TAEA brings together passionate and creative teachers, gives them tools for improving instruction, opportunities for leadership development, and events for their students to shine, all while still conducting business like a family! Through art we are building a better future!