Harmony/Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher Devon Calvert has been selected as the Elementary Division Director – Elect of the National Art Education Association (NAEA).
After two years in that position, Calvert will transition into the role of Elementary Division Director.
Each state has its own art education association, and Calvert currently serves as the Wisconsin Art Education Association president.
When he was named the national director for the elementary division, he said it took a minute for him to process.
“I was pretty psyched to say the least,” he said.
Some of of his new responsibilities include finding regional directors, organizing the association’s annual convention, and selecting presentations and resources to share with art teachers.
Calvert said his new job is a unique one, and he hopes to be a sounding board for art teachers across the country.
“Most art teachers kind of are on an island within their district,” he said. “They’re the only ones in their buildings; they’re the only ones going through those experiences. Classroom teachers don’t always have the same hurdles that elementary art teachers, music teachers and phys ed teachers have.
“So I kind of view my role as being there to support elementary art educators, and make sure that they’re not alone on their island, and provide them with whatever it is that they need.”
In a normal year, Calvert teaches K-3 art at Consolidated and Harmony elementary schools.
This year, he is even busier. He currently teaches all district third-graders virtually, preparing a video lesson for them each week for their teachers to facilitate. Because Consolidated Elementary is smaller than other schools, Calvert teaches in person there, leading art lessons for kindergarten through third grade and also helping with physical education and music classes.
“I’m kind of a jack-of-all-trades this year,” he said.
Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle and high school visual arts educators; college and university professors; university students preparing to become art educators; researchers and scholars; teaching artists; administrators and supervisors; and art museum educators—as well as more than 54,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society.