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Tina Atkinson

picture of art faculty tina atkinsonTina M. Atkinson started teaching elementary visual arts in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System in 1998. She holds an undergraduate degree in Art Education, Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and is National Board Certified in Early/Middle Childhood Visual Art.At Percy Priest Elementary School, in Nashville, Tennessee, she has developed an innovative, and highly successful visual art program that keeps parents, students and community stakeholders connected to the learning taking place in the art classroom. Her student’s art work can be seen in the hallways, in the community at various local art shows and on in PPE’s online art gallery, which has consistently ranked in the top five schools in the state of Tennessee.
Tina Atkinson is a strong art advocate in her community, promoting art education by serving on the teacher advisory panel for the Cheekwood Art Museum and Botanical Garden in Nashville, TN. She has served on the Parthenon Museum teacher advisory panel, served as a reviewer for community programming for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, served as a juror for the East Tennessee Student Art Show. Tina has worked as a facilitator and content lead teacher for the TN Student Growth Portfolio Assessment for her district, as well as being chosen as a State Assessor for the portfolio assessment. She teaches art education courses as an adjunct professor at Belmont University. Tina has served two terms on the Tennessee Art Education Association board as the Elementary Division Representative and as the National Art Education Association’s Southeastern Regional Elementary Division Representative. This award winning art educator has been recognize for outstanding work in her field.
Tina has received the Educator of the Year Award from the Parthenon Museum in Nashville (2005) for the development of educational resources. She has been recognized by her peers in receiving the Tennessee Art Education Association’s Middle Region Art Educator of the Year Award in 2009, Elementary Division Art Educator of the Year in 2012 Award and the State Art Educator of the Year Award 2018. She has been published in local, state and national publications including the Volunteer Canvas, Americans for the Arts Blog and School Arts Magazine. She has presented and facilitated teacher workshops at local universities, as well as the district, regional, state and national level.