Hawkins teacher elected president of Tennessee Art Education Association

Jeff Bobo • Dec 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Dr. David Meade, who is better known to his art students at Joseph Rogers Primary School as “Dr. Art,” has been elected president of the Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA), which is a six-year commitment.

Meade will officially take the office on Jan. 1, will serve as president-elect for two years, as president for two years, and as past president for two years.

As president, Meade will now be a part of the National Delegate Assembly and will attend the National Art Leadership Conference in Park City, Utah, in 2020.

Meade serves on the executive board, the Conference Planning Committee, and the Social Media Committee for the organization.

What is the TAEA?

The mission of the TAEA is to advance quality visual arts education and to promote a cohesive professional community through advocacy, leadership, and professional development.

TAEA provides professional development opportunities for the support and growth of members as effective educators, leaders, and advocates for art education.

The organization also fosters a cohesive professional community through enhanced communication and interaction among art educators, artists, visual arts institutions, and other stakeholders.

It advocates a sequential K-12 visual arts program taught by highly qualified and licensed visual arts educators, and communicates the importance of student learning and lifelong learning in the visual arts to stakeholders, including legislators, administrators, and community members.

TAEA also provides access to programs, services, publications, grant opportunities and resources that inform practice in quality visual arts education and the professional development of its membership in accordance with current and emerging research.

Honored by the school board

At its Nov. 12 meeting, the Hawkins County board of Education honored Meade for being elected president of the TAEA. He was introduced to the BOE by elementary supervisor Lori Allen.

“We are very, very lucky to have Dr. Meade with us in our system and representing Hawkins County in all of these places,” Allen told the BOE. “Our district is very lucky to have such a dedicated and passionate art teacher.”

Meade joined the TAEA in 2011 and was asked to serve on the board in 2017 as secretary when a position was vacated. He was elected to officially fill the secretary position starting in January 2018.

The TAEA is part of the National Art Education Association, and as a member Meade has attended and presented at the NAEA conference several times, and he has been selected to present in March 2020 in Minneapolis.

He has previously been selected to present in Washington, Chicago, New York, and Boston.