Tomlinson Named Fine Arts Director

Tomlinson Named Fine Arts Director
Posted on 07/09/2019
Tomlinson Named Fine Arts Director

Paulette Tomlinson, Nacogdoches ISD’s new Director of Fine Arts, will oversee the district’s plan to expand its offerings in visual and performing arts, particularly in the younger grades.

“We want to establish a well-rounded fine arts program from kindergarten through high school,” said NISD Chief Academic Officer Dr. Daya Hill. “And provide our students, particularly those in elementary grades, with additional art opportunities.

“We have numerous students who exhibit artistic abilities, and these course offerings will allow us to tap into their creative and imaginative minds.”

Tomlinson plans on doing a lot of observing during the next few months but also has designs for adding to the district’s extensive fine arts programs already offered to students in middle school and high school.

That includes a Mariachi band – “We want our programs in Nacogdoches to reflect the community – and a “special band” that will involve students from NISD’s Life Skills classes. Previously, while serving as band director at San Augustine High School, Tomlinson matched up high school band members with special needs students.

“They were so quick at learning it, and they had a lot of fun,” Tomlinson said.

Expanding what the district offers in younger grades would include additional course time in the visual arts, music, theater and dance, Tomlinson said. She wants to structure a program that encompasses student needs from kindergarten through 12th-grade.

“Involvement in the arts has been shown to strengthen and enrich academic performance for students, across the board,” NISD interim Superintendent Alton Frailey said. “We’ve got some strong programs in our high school and middle schools; this will allow us to expand those offerings to even our youngest students.”

Fine arts programs already established at high school include band, art and design, dancing, cheerleading and theater.

Tomlinson comes to NISD after spending the past year in East Texas as band director at San Augustine High School, where she oversaw a program that had 200 students in grades 6-12.

Before that, Tomlinson spent much of her professional career in Florida and South Carolina, where she served as band director at two high schools and a middle school (where she also taught choir).

The Georgia native earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University in 2009 and a Master of Music Education in 2017 at Florida State.

While obtaining her master’s degree, Tomlinson was director of bands for Florida State University School, where she oversaw 250 students in grades 6-12, including programs in concert and marching band, jazz band and musical theater.

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