Redwater ISD Wins TAEA District of Distinction Award

Redwater, TX – The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has named Redwater ISD  one of 59 district state winners of the 2022 District of Distinction Award and one of 13 school  districts to receive the award for three consecutive years. Over 1,200 school districts were eligible  for consideration of this top award. As one of the top district winners, the Redwater ISD Visual  Art programming is now considered to be in the top 5% in Texas.  

The TAEA District of Distinction Award is earned by providing a well-rounded education  that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and build social emotional  learning that connect learners to their community and beyond. For the 2022 award, each district  submitted documentation they met from the 14-point rubric over the 2021-22 school year.  

TAEA is the leading advocate for the visual arts in the state. The organization has  previously honored outstanding TAEA members for work in their classrooms and districts. This  is the fourth year that TAEA is honoring districts that meet rigorous criteria as evidenced from  data. 

“Redwater ISD has set a high standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts  curriculum, encouraged creativity, community participation and student growth,” said Sandra  Newton, Chair of the Administration and Supervision Division of TAEA. “It is a true testament  to your visual art educators’ skill, dedication, and flexibility that the quality of their programs  continued to provide strong and comprehensive visual art educational experiences to students.” 

“I am extremely proud of the work that our art teachers do on a daily basis with our  students,” said Dr. Kelly Burns, Redwater ISD Superindent. “They are dedicated to ensuring our  students continue to get a quality education in the arts and are team players in doing cross curricular work with their fellow teachers. At RISD we believe that arts should be promoted and  students given opportunities to share their artistic gifts.” 

Members of the RISD art team include: Catherine Chiles, Stacy Deaton, Tabitha  Houchens, Stacie Norton and Carrie Slay.  


Winning school districts will be honored at the TAEA Administration & Supervision  Division meeting and General Session during the TAEA Fall Conference General Assembly on Friday, November 10, 2022. 

TAEA is the largest state professional organization for art educators in the United States.  It is the mission of TAEA to promote quality visual arts education through leadership, advocacy,  service, and professional development.