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2021-2023 Board
Linh Nguyen (President Elect), Myron Stennett (Vice-President Elect Membership), Jami Bevans (Past President), Walter Holland (President), Angela Coffey (Vice-President Elect Youth Art Month), Gretchen Bell (Vice-President Membership), Tiffany Silverthorne (Vice-President Youth Art Month), Sara Chapman (Executive Director), Lisa Saenz-Saldivar (Treasurer), Ricia Kerber (Commercial Exhibits Director), Jenny Lucas (Secretary)
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EXECUTIVE BOARD


Walter Holland

Walter Holland — President


What I Love About TAEA: The Texas Art Education Association is a community promoting artists, Art Education, and artist educators through programs designed to give each of us life long support through artistic opportunities and training.
Linh Nguyen

Linh Nguyen — President Elect


What I Love About TAEA: TAEA provides us the opportunity to connect, collaborate and cherish in each other's love and passion for art. When we talk about the human connection, it is through art that we are able to transcend into a world of visual communication, passed down from generation to generation. Florence Dibell Bartlett once said, "The art of the craftsman is the bonds between the peoples of the world." TAEA allows us to come together as a unified group to advocate and provide the best for our art teachers and student artists. TAEA is an art teacher's dream and avenue for success!
Jami Bevans

Jami Bevans — Past President


What I Love About TAEA: I truly admire the way TAEA has advocated for the visual arts. I love the generosity of our art teachers who give of their time, share their ideas and best practices, and embrace changes in technology so that we may all grow in our artistic pursuits. TAEA helps connect art teachers from all areas of Texas and beyond, making us more than just an organization, making us a family.
Gretchen Bell

Gretchen Bell — Vice-President Membership


What I Love About TAEA: Meeting people who share the same passion for Art Education that I do. It is truly amazing how much talent Texas Art Educators have, and I love all of the opportunities we get to collaborate and learn from each other to develop our craft and become the best advocates for our students.
Myron Stennett

Myron Stennett — Vice-President Elect Membership


What I Love About TAEA: Our membership is what I love about TAEA! The people are great. I also love the learning opportunities and experiences. TAEA is an organization that values professional growth and development. I have growth so much as an educator and leader. Mostly, the friendships I have developed through the years are invaluable.
Tiffany Silverthorne

Tiffany Silverthorne — Vice-President Youth Art Month


What I Love About TAEA: Membership in TAEA has helped me form lifelong relationships with a network of people who have been, and are, willing to help me grow personally and professionally. Our organization listens to our members and is always willing to go above and beyond to help all involved in art education. Our organization is on the forefront of change as the demands of our profession grow and change. The continued support of our leadership has helped me find, keep, and grow in my passion for quality art education.
Angela Coffey

Angela Coffey — Vice-President Elect Youth Art Month


What I Love About TAEA: What I love about TAEA is the constant fostering of growth for students and educators! There's a certain level of intentionality behind everything TAEA does to help promote excellence in visual arts! We have better educators because of TAEA which leads to students getting the optimal learning experience! I am so proud to be a part of such an impactful organization!
Jenny Lucas

Jenny Lucas — Secretary


What I Love About TAEA: I love TAEA because it facilitates art educators' connections to other art educators and to community arts partners, which serves to increase our visibility and strengthen our voice for advocacy.
Lisa Saenz-saldivar

Lisa Saenz-saldivar — Treasurer


What I Love About TAEA: I love the passion that TAEA spreads to educate and advocate for visual arts. I love that, through networking, I have met so many wonderful like-minded people. Mostly I love that over the years, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow as an art educator and leader. I have immense gratitude to be a part of TAEA.
Sara Chapman

Sara Chapman — Executive Director / NAEA Liaison


What I Love About TAEA: TAEA feels like "home" where professional art educators gather to exchange ideas, dialogue, and solve the issues of the world. It creates a safety net to hold members close to mentor, grow, and provide resources when needed. It offers nourishment for those that are hungry for professional development or networking. It holds out helping hands for new comers who want and need guidance. TAEA is a place to have fun, to grow professionally, to make new art friends and find the newest art materials and equipment on the market. TAEA helps makes its members great educators. Don't you want to join our art education home?
Ricia Kerber

Ricia Kerber — Commercial Exhibits Director


What I Love About TAEA: I have always taught in schools where I have been the sole art teacher, so TAEA is my connection to other teachers. TAEA is the place in which I collaborated for new ideas and techniques for my classroom.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL - STATE DIVISION CHAIRS


Kelley McGee

Elementary Division
Kelley McGee

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What I Love About TAEA: My favorite thing about TAEA is the people. The relationships, networking, and partnerships in TAEA are such a powerful resource to art educators across the state. I am so thankful for each educator I have met through our amazing association. There are so many opportunities for growth and connection to artists that I wouldn't have the opportunity of knowing outside of TAEA. We are better together, and I am thankful for everything TAEA has to offer.
Keahi Brown

Elementary Division Elect
Keahi Brown

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Isaac Thomas

Middle School Jr High Division
Isaac Thomas

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What I Love About TAEA: I look forward every year to meeting other art educators who inspire, share ideas and experiences. The support given to art educators is amazing. Everyone is open to sharing advocacy ideas, ways to strengthen what we already do or improve areas we might feel weak in. It's exciting to learn new perspectives from educators from all over the state. The bonds created around a passion for art is so energizing and makes me excited for conference every year.
Robbyne Teel

Middle School Jr High Division Elect
Robbyne Teel

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What I Love About TAEA: I love how supportive and encouraging everyone is. We are able to rely upon each other to gain new projects, techniques, and lasting friendships. I look forward to seeing everyone each year because it feels like a family!
Ryan Rimmer

High School Division
Ryan Rimmer

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What I Love About TAEA: The opportunity that TAEA gives for all of us to instantly connect to a large network of fellow art educators. The collaboration, support, motivation, and inspiration that everyone provides is an invaluable resource for all of us.
Elizabeth Zepeda

Private School Division
Elizabeth Zepeda

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Lisa Urban

Private School Division Elect
Lisa Urban

Sandra Newton

Supervision / Administration Division
Sandra Newton

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What I Love About TAEA: I love that TAEA is a supportive, passionate, intelligent, professional, insightful, hard-working, knowledgeable, collaborative, energetic, and innovative network of incredible people that make us all better educators, administrators, and artists. Thank you TAEA! I am so thankful to be a part of this amazing professional organization.
Laura Grundler

Supervision / Administration Division Elect
Laura Grundler

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Kathryn Mitchell

Museum Division
Kathryn Mitchell

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What I Love About TAEA: I have learned from sessions and gotten lots of ideas from attending them, but it is hard to top getting to be around so many great art educators. I love the friendships and support you get from colleagues at TAEA.
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Museum Division Elect
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Lilia Cabrera

Higher Education Division
Lilia Cabrera

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What I Love About TAEA: I love that TAEA offers opportunities for the art educator from all levels. The many committees within the organization allow artists to network with members from different regions throughout Texas, which in turn become much greater collaborations. TAEA offers opportunities for growth within the organization, as well. The detail that's enhanced my art teaching career the most, has been the lifelong friendships that I have built due to my involvement in TAEA. There is always room for growth and opportunity in our careers, and TAEA helps with these goals.
Kathy Brown

Higher Education Division Elect
Kathy Brown

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What I Love About TAEA: As a Texas transplant, TAEA has been such a welcoming community. I enjoy attending the annual conference and exchanging best practices and scholarship with committed, dynamic educators. Moreover, TAEA extends intellectual, advocacy and artistic fellowship opportunities between K-12 and post-secondary art educators from across the state and I am honored to be a part of this salient visual art pedagogical collective.
Jose Hernandez

Student Division
Jose Hernandez

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What I Love About TAEA: What I love about TAEA the most is its continuous commitment and dedication to empowering new generations of young artists.
Chloe Morrell

Student Division Elect
Chloe Morrell

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Kathy Hendrick

Retired Art Educators Division
Kathy Hendrick

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What I Love About TAEA: TAEA fosters a strong sense of family among its members, and because of that I have formed lifelong friendships with other art teachers from all over the state. Teaching in a small, rural district I was the only art teacher on my campus, and after I attended my first TAEA conference I knew I had found "my people". TAEA provided a link to other art teachers, information on innovations and ideas, and programs to help me create a quality art program for my students. As a retired art educator, I also love that TAEA has programs that keep me involved in art education and enable me to give back to an organization that has given so much to me.
Debbie Nicholas

Retired Art Educators Division Elect
Debbie Nicholas

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What I Love About TAEA: What I love about TAEA is the opportunity to connect with art educators from across the state of Texas. The support, inspiration, and friendships from fellow members inspires me throughout the school year.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL - VASE STATE DIRECTORS


Larry West

Junior VASE State Director
Larry West


What I Love About TAEA: I love TAEA for the ability to share ideas and see "best practices" by great people that are STUDENT CENTERED. Being involved with TAEA is like the right hand of being an Art Educator in TEXAS and beyond!
Tracey Hall

TEAM State Director
Tracey Hall


What I Love About TAEA: I love being part of a supportive passionate group of people who do what we do for the students! A group who promotes the arts where every student can be successful. A group that is full of new ideas, encourages, and supports every member!
Chris Cooper

High School VASE State Director
Chris Cooper


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.
Amy Semifero

State VASE Director
Amy Semifero


What I Love About TAEA: I love how being a member of TAEA allows me to continue to hone my craft as an art educator and leader. Participation in this organization has given me the knowledge necessary to give my students the most relevant art experiences possible. By encouraging my students to participate in VASE, their artistic efforts and creative solutions are recognized on both the regional and state level which also builds their confidence and love for the visual arts.

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS


Betsy Murphy

Advocacy
Betsy Murphy


What I Love About TAEA: What I love about TAEA is how our members use the power of art to bring people together. In every corner of Texas, our members are promoting art programs in countless ways. In classrooms, museums, community spaces, as well as on-line venues, students and community members bear witness to the transformative efforts of Texas art educators.
Shawn Knuckles

Awards
Shawn Knuckles


What I Love About TAEA: I love picking out new sessions to go and experience at conference. I love new ideas and the excitement that all the teachers have meeting each other. I love sharing ideas with other art teachers around Texas.
Melanie Blair McCook

Book Study Chair
Melanie Blair McCook

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What I Love About TAEA: I love TAEA — it's a place where I can connect, reflect, and inspire with my fellow creative makers!
Kathryn Baker

Community Art Committee
Kathryn Baker

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What I Love About TAEA: TAEA provides an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the state. It has helped me to grow as an educator, an artist and a leader. TAEA is one of the biggest advocates for art education in the nation, and it has touched the lives of so many students and future generations of artists!
Kathy Hendrick

Credentials
Kathy Hendrick


What I Love About TAEA: TAEA fosters a strong sense of family among its members, and because of that I have formed lifelong friendships with other art teachers from all over the state. Teaching in a small, rural district I was the only art teacher on my campus, and after I attended my first TAEA conference I knew I had found "my people". TAEA provided a link to other art teachers, information on innovations and ideas, and programs to help me create a quality art program for my students. As a retired art educator, I also love that TAEA has programs that keep me involved in art education and enable me to give back to an organization that has given so much to me.
Carolyn Scalan

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee Chair
Carolyn Scalan


What I Love About TAEA: I am Carolyn Scalan, a PK-5th art educator in Round Rock ISD. I have been a member of TAEA since my first year of teaching in 1999. To me, TAEA was my family and I was active even during my years off as a mother because TAEA continued to fuel my passion for art education and my need for connection with other art educators. As chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee of TAEA, I believe our work is never finished, and that we can always grow. We want all our members to truly feel included and to have equitable opportunities to participate and succeed.
Danielle Pontus

Historian
Danielle Pontus


What I Love About TAEA: I love how TAEA brings people together no matter age or location! I have so many surrogate family members through TAEA, members that live nowhere near me, but when we meet up, it's as if no time has passed. TAEA is an organization where your voice is heard and where you are supported; and in return, you are able to support and mentor new members. I love my TAEA family!
RJ Christensen

Members Art Show
RJ Christensen


What I Love About TAEA: Friendship, Motivation, and a Structure for Success and Excellence — When I started TAEA I was blown away by the phenomenal state conference with professional development that actually pertained to my teaching. Over the years I've found an extensive support group of fellow art teachers and mentors who support my dreams and offer motivation when needed. Age, gender, race, and faith differences are set aside in TAEA. No matter who you are, you are appreciated. After all these years of getting, it's my turn to start giving back to this incredibly influential organization that has played such a strong role in who I am today and the success of my students.
Open Position

National Art Honor Society
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Sarah Hartman

Parliamentarian
Sarah Hartman


What I Love About TAEA: The connections and relationships built with art educators through TAEA. This is an invaluable resource for all art educators that encourages personal and professional growth!
Megan McEntire

Private Schools
Megan McEntire


What I Love About TAEA: I first encountered TAEA as a newly full time teacher in 2005. The generosity of members made me feel at home immediately. I have always enjoyed the way VASE fits into my curriculum and has the power to reach every child. I love that my involvement has changed over the years, and that there is room to stretch and challenge myself.
Gabriel Flores

Social Media Specialist
Gabriel Flores


What I Love About TAEA: TAEA is the epitome of advocacy and collaboration among art educators across the state of Texas. So much work goes on behind the scenes to provide support and plan events for teachers to strengthen their voice through networking and professional development. I am proud to be a member of TAEA and always look forward to our annual events, as they continue to grow bigger each year.
Dr. Kari Murphy

Technology
Dr. Kari Murphy


What I Love About TAEA: I love the creativity of TAEA and the friendships I have gained over the years of serving with TAEA members. I work in the IT world of K-12 education. Serving in TAEA always me to dabble and grow creatively when I feel boxed in with the wires and cables.
Mel Basham

Conference Facilitator
Mel Basham


What I Love About TAEA: What I love about TAEA is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with so many dedicated, passionate art educators. Each member is advocating and educating others on the importance of art in all Texas educational programs. Rural, urban, suburban - we support one another and are all part of our like-minded and determined TAEA Team. We know art education is essential to human development!

AFFILIATES


Dr. Tina Farrell

Distinguished Fellows
Dr. Tina Farrell

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES


Cristina Correa

Region 1 Representative
Cristina Correa

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Alejandra Pena

Region 2 Representative
Alejandra Pena

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Jamie Sainz

Region 3 Representative
Jamie Sainz

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Jessica Green

Region 4 Representative
Jessica Green

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Kelsey Thibodeaux

Region 5 Representative
Kelsey Thibodeaux

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Lisa L. Miller

Region 6 Representative
Lisa L. Miller

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Wayne Gaddis

Region 7 Representative
Wayne Gaddis

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Carrie Slay

Region 8 Representative
Carrie Slay

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Christie Andrews

Region 9 Representative
Christie Andrews

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Leanne Rainey

Region 10 Representative
Leanne Rainey

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Dallas Williams

Region 11 Representative
Dallas Williams

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Shawn Knuckles

Region 12 Representative
Shawn Knuckles

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Amber Forgey

Region 13 Representative
Amber Forgey

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Brady Sloane

Region 14 Representative
Brady Sloane

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Shara Wright

Region 15 Representative
Shara Wright

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Adrienne Hurtt

Region 16 Representative
Adrienne Hurtt

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Suzanne Strother

Region 17 Representative
Suzanne Strother

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Jesus Valeriano

Region 18 Representative
Jesus Valeriano

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Open Position

Region 19 Representative
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Ambra Hernandez

Region 20 Representative
Ambra Hernandez

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LOCAL ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS


Lisa Urban

Brazos Valley AEA
Lisa Urban

Shannon Kessler

McKinney AEA
Shannon Kessler

Hilary Paine

Richardson AEA
Hilary Paine

Carolyn Scalan

Round Rock AEA
Carolyn Scalan

Cari Washburn

Round Rock AEA
Cari Washburn

Shawn Kennedy

Texas Panhandle AEA
Shawn Kennedy

EDITORIAL STAFF


Andres Peralta

2022 Trends Co-Editor
Andres Peralta

Dawn Stienecker

2022 Trends Co-Editor
Dawn Stienecker

Gabriel Flores

Graphic Designer
Gabriel Flores


What I Love About TAEA: TAEA is the epitome of advocacy and collaboration among art educators across the state of Texas. So much work goes on behind the scenes to provide support and plan events for teachers to strengthen their voice through networking and professional development. I am proud to be a member of TAEA and always look forward to our annual events, as they continue to grow bigger each year.
Danielle Pontus

Photographer
Danielle Pontus


What I Love About TAEA: I love how TAEA brings people together no matter age or location! I have so many surrogate family members through TAEA, members that live nowhere near me, but when we meet up, it's as if no time has passed. TAEA is an organization where your voice is heard and where you are supported; and in return, you are able to support and mentor new members. I love my TAEA family!
Sara Chapman

TAEA STAR Editor
Sara Chapman


What I Love About TAEA: TAEA feels like "home" where professional art educators gather to exchange ideas, dialogue, and solve the issues of the world. It creates a safety net to hold members close to mentor, grow, and provide resources when needed. It offers nourishment for those that are hungry for professional development or networking. It holds out helping hands for new comers who want and need guidance. TAEA is a place to have fun, to grow professionally, to make new art friends and find the newest art materials and equipment on the market. TAEA helps makes its members great educators. Don't you want to join our art education home?