Javier Vera Director of Fine ArtsJavier R. Vera

Director

(956) 473-7121

jvera@uisd.net

Mission

The mission of United ISD Fine Arts department is to inspire and educate students with an array of knowledge and skills through diverse visual and performing arts programs. Through the use of technology, community involvement and academic and artistic exploration, student success will be achieved by enhancing and nurturing the whole child. By using a comprehensive, rigorous and relevant fine arts curriculum, students will be empowered to establish a lifetime of learning, growth and expression through the arts.

Program Overview

The United ISD Fine Arts Department supports all fine arts personnel and provides opportunities for students to participate and perform in district wide art shows, one act play performances, cheer & dance events and a wide variety of music events and competitions throughout the academic year. The specific areas in which the fine arts department works in conjunction with fine arts personnel are as follows:

  • Evaluation of fine arts programs
  • Curriculum development for fine arts programs
  • Promote student participation in visual and performing arts events: Fine Arts Fiesta, UIL One Act Play contests (middle and high schools) UIL Band contests (middle and high) UISD Marching Festival, Band & Orchestra Evaluation, “Culturas Unidas” Mariachi Contest, and UISD Cheer & Dance Festival
  • Conduct Staff Development for Art, Band, Choir, Orchestra, Theatre Arts and Speech
  • Assist with staffing needs, recruitment of teachers and conduct interviews for fine arts positions
  • Work with staff to ensure compliance with University Interscholastic League(UIL), Texas Education Agency (TEA) , and Texas Music Educators Association(TMEA) guidelines, Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA), Texas Educational Theatre Association (TEDA), Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) and Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts (CEDFA)
  • Provide CPR/FIRST AID/AED TRAINING for band, choir, orchestra, cheer and dance personnel
  • Safety Training for Cheer & Dance personnel
  • Fiscal Management of Band, Choir, and Orchestra Budgets

Fine Arts Programs in United ISD

Elementary Music K-5 Each elementary school offers general music taught by certified music teachers
Art 6th – 12th Grade All secondary schools offer art instruction taught by certified art teachers
Band 6th – 12th Grade All secondary schools offer band instruction taught by certified band directors
Orchestra UISD has one orchestra program at United Middle and Alexander High School
Choir 6th – 12th UISD has choir programs at United HS, Alexander HS and UHS 9th
Theatre Arts 6th – 12th Grade One act play productions are offered at all secondary campuses
Cheer & Dance -Elementary Most UISD campuses have cheer or dance or both
Cheer & Dance -Secondary All secondary schools have either cheer or dance programs or both

Staff

NamePositionEmailPhone
Javier R. VeraDirector of Fine Artsjvera@uisd.net(956) 473-7124
Leticia M. LealFine Arts Coordinatorlleal@uisd.net(956) 473-7123
Juan ZamoraLighting/Audio/Visual Technicianjzamora20@uisd.net(956) 473-7129
Katrina SellersSecretaryksellers@uisd.net(956) 473-7122
Lee CantuAssistant Fine Artslcantu2@uisd.net(956) 473-7121
Fax(956) 473-7135