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