Crosby ISD Wins TAEA District of Distinction Award


Crosby, TX (September 16, 2022) - The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) announced the 59 winners of the 2022 District of Distinction Award. Among the list of honorees is Crosby ISD. The districts received the honor for providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and connect learners to their community and beyond.

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.

For the 2022 award, more than 1,200 districts were eligible to apply. Each district submitted documentation they met from the 14-point rubric over the 2021-2022 school year. Only 59 districts met the high standard and will receive the outstanding honor indicating they are in the top 4 percent in art education of districts in the state.

Crosby ISD could not have achieved this outstanding accomplishment without the work of the following ten teachers and interventionists:

Meighgan Gladden - HS Visual Arts Teacher & District Art Lead
Debbie Willows - HS Visual Art Teacher
Hilary Scullane - MS Visual Arts Teacher
Melanie Sortore - MS Visual Arts Teacher
Ginny Blaha - CES Discovery Lab Teacher
Kim Houser - NES 1-5 Interventionist
Crystal Hammond - NES Fine Arts Teacher
Kristi Hardy - CKC Music Teacher
Dovie Williams - DES Science/Lab Discovery Teacher
Abigail Markley - BES Music/Art Teacher 

Crosby ISD Superintendent, Mrs. Paula Patterson, said "Congratulations to all of the staff members for their hard work with our students earning this distinction. This places our Visual Arts programming in the top 4 percent in Texas. Crosby ISD is a special place!”

“Crosby 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.”

Fifty-nine districts, including Crosby ISD, 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.


About Crosby ISD:

Crosby ISD serves the needs of more than 6700 children in the communities of Crosby and Barrett Station in East Harris County, Texas. Our mission is to produce literate, responsible citizens capable of learning and applying academic and social skills successfully in any life setting. For more information, visit

About TAEA District of Distinction Award:

District of Distinction has just completed its fourth year and is looking forward to increased participation going into the 2022-2023 school year. The Administration and Supervision division oversees the award program. The award honors school districts that are leading the way in the visual arts. The TAEA Administration and Supervision Division recognizes districts with outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in their district and community. TAEA wants to identify districts that are actively participating members in areas such as VASE, Junior VASE, and TEAM as a few examples. The organization also looks at field experiences, community service, and community exhibitions to name a few as part of the rigorous rubric for the award.

About TAEA:

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.