Kentucky Art 
Education Association

Welcome to the
Kentucky Art Education Association!
Lead a Child to Greatness Through the Arts!

Name: Debra K. Talbert

School and Position: McCracken County/ Reidland Schools K- 8th

grade Art Teacher

Town or City: Paducah, KY

Education: duPont Manual Magnet High School- Visual Art

Program

Murray State University - B.F.A in Art Education and Masters in

Secondary Education

Interesting facts about you:

I grew up in Louisville, but have called Western Kentucky home

for 25 years. I married a Paducah native, John Talbert and

together we have two children, Alyssa 9 and Braden 6.

When school resumes in the fall I will begin my 20th year of

teaching. I have worn many hats throughout my career - SDBM

council member, CSIP Chair and School Technology Coordinator to

name a few.

I have many artistic interests but in my free time when I am not

chasing two busy kids, I usually grab my camera and look for

interesting nature shots.

I have been selected to attend the Look and Learn Summer

Teacher Institute at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington,

D.C. this summer.

Why I teach Art:

When I was thinking about college and what I wanted to do with

my life, teaching was far down the list. I soon found out that

teaching art would allow me to combine two thing I love. I

learned early on as a Girl Scout camp counselor that I liked being

around kids and teaching was apart of that. My parents and

middle school art teacher recognized my artistic talent. It was a

high school art teacher who suggested that I consider teaching

art as a profession. Helping students discover their talents and

helping them to make connections to art from other aspects of

school and life is priceless. My teaching tenure is now allowing me

to see my students graduate from high school and college and

choose some aspect of art as a career. That makes me very

proud and thankful that I choose the teaching profession.

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