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Kirby Meng has taught Art for 29 years, 12 of those in Natchez, MS and the last 17 in Georgia. She has taught in public and private schools with students from Kindergarten through College. Kirby has a BFA in Graphic Design from Texas Christian University and a MAEd and leadership certification from Georgia State University. Most recently she taught at Union Grove High School in Henry County where she had the pleasure of teaching all visual art students and courses. Many of her former elementary students come to UGHS, so she has taught numerous students for ten years of their life and has gotten to know many of them quite well. Recently Kirby accepted the position as the Fine Arts Teacher on Special Assignment in Henry County where she will support and provide resources for all of the art teachers.
Kirby became involved in the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) when she moved to Georgia serving as District President, YAM chair, Governor’s exhibit chair, conference presenter, conference coordinator and President. Involvement in GAEA grew to involvement in NAEA where she has worked on many committees, presented, served as a Delegate, Division Director, and national board member. Kirby won the 2002 Clare Flannagan Grand award for Youth Art Month as well as two YAM National Awards of Excellence, GAEA Elementary Art Educator of the year, Southeastern Region Elementary Art Educator of the Year, GAEA Art Educator of the Year and most recently Southeastern Region Art Educator of the Year in 2015. In 2010, Kirby was honored as a Woodruff Center Arts in Education Leader.
Over the past year, Kirby has worked with NAEA on Model Cornerstone Assessments for the new national standards and is serving on the Professional Learning through Research committee. She also serves at the local level including the Extended Learning Opportunity task force and as a writer of online art lessons for middle school. When she is not involved in art related activities, she enjoys volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium and adventures with her very supportive family.