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Lake Dallas ISD named TAEA District of Distinction for visual arts for second straight year

The Texas Art Education Association has named Lake Dallas ISD a District of Distinction for its visual arts programs and initiatives, making the district one of just 43 in the state to earn the prestigious honor.

More than 1,000 school districts were eligible to apply for the recognition, with Lake Dallas ISD earning the honor by meeting or exceeding a rigorous 12-point rubric. The rubric examines a district’s visual art program from participation in TAEA in areas such as community engagement in the visual arts, community service, collaboration with other content areas and more.

This marks the second consecutive year Lake Dallas ISD has earned the TAEA’s District of Distinction honor, led by the work of Lake Dallas High School visual art teachers Jeanette Murray and Lacy Almeida.

“Art is such an important part of life, and visual arts is an area where every student can have something to offer from their own unique perspectives and visions,” Mrs. Murray said. “When students leave school, art will permeate their world, and I’m proud our schools give students an opportunity to explore that. I hope what they’ve learned here will lead to an appreciation of visual arts throughout their lives.”

The Lake Dallas High School duo worked closely with the district’s middle school and elementary visual art teachers to submit this year’s rubric, showcasing the educators’ best practices and unique lessons.

“This was all possible because of our ability to work collectively across the district for comprehensive visual arts education, from dedicated visual arts teachers to school and district administrators who value our programs,” Mrs. Almeida said. “Many of the recipients of this honor are larger districts with extensive visual arts staff, so we are extremely proud to show up as a smaller district.”

This year’s requirements were adjusted to fit the rapid shift to online instruction and participation in light of COVID-19 concerns, including district responses to the educational challenges.

In addition to Mrs. Almeida and Mrs. Murray, who led the application process, Lake Dallas ISD’s visual art teachers include: Lake Dallas Middle School’s Janay Davis and Deanna Smith, Corinth Elementary School’s Shirley Frase, Lake Dallas Elementary School’s Jennifer Manis, and Shady Shores Elementary School’s Shannon Henson.

Lake Dallas High School's Lacy Almeida
Lake Dallas High School's Lacy Almeida

 

Lake Dallas High School's Jeanette Murray
Lake Dallas High School's Jeanette Murray

 

Lake Dallas Middle School's Janay Davis
Lake Dallas Middle School's Janay Davis

 

Lake Dallas Middle School's Deanna Smith
Lake Dallas Middle School's Deanna Smith

 

Corinth Elementary School's Shirley Frase
Corinth Elementary School's Shirley Frase

 

Lake Dallas Elementary School's Jennifer Manis
Lake Dallas Elementary School's Jennifer Manis

 

Shady Shores Elementary School's Shannon Henson
Shady Shores Elementary School's Shannon Henson