Fine Arts Office

Cody Myers, Director of Fine Arts

Cody MyersCody Myers has been the Director of Fine Arts for Amarillo ISD since July, 1997. On his watch the music program in Amarillo, Texas has flourished and its performing ensembles have continued their history of outstanding accomplishments. Prior to his appointment in Amarillo, Mr. Myers enjoyed a successful seventeen year band directing career in West Texas, most recently in Midland, Texas. His bands were consistent winners in UIL competitions and festivals for both concert and marching bands. Myers’ bands have appeared in the Texas State Marching Contest, TMEA Honor Band semifinals for 3A and 5A, and the 1995 George W. Bush Gubernatorial Parade in Austin. Many of Myers’ students have been named to the Texas All State Bands and have gone on to successful careers as both music faculty and professional musicians throughout the United States.

Mr. Myers attained both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, where he was a trumpet student of Dave Ritter and a band student of his mentor, Dr. Gary Garner. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, and consultant throughout Texas and the southern United States. Myers often serves as a guest lecturer in music education at universities across Texas. Cody Myers was named Musician-in -Residence for St. George's School in Vancouver, BC Canada in February, 2009.

Cody Myers is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and Past President of both the Texas Bandmasters Association and the Texas Music Administrators Conference. He served for six years on the UIL Technical Advisory Committee. Mr. Myers performs with the First Baptist Church Orchestra in Amarillo. He is married to Starrla, a first grade teacher in Amarillo. They have a daughter, Kaci, who serves in the United States Navy. Their son, Holt, served in the United States Marine Corps.

cody.myers@amaisd.org
(806) 326-1331
Room 316, Education Support Center

Denise Olson

Denise Olson, Assistant Director of Fine Arts
Denise Olson came on board as Cody's assistant in August of 2007. Before that time, Denise was an art teacher of 23 years in Amarillo ISD, during which time her students won numerous art awards including National Scholastics Art & Writing Gold Medals, State Visual Art Scholastic Event Medallion and Gold Seal Awards, and multiple Best of Show Awards at the Texas Panhandle Invitational Student Art Show. Many of Denise's students have won art scholarships and several have gone into art professions including three current AISD art teachers.

Denise obtained a Bachelor of Science in Art Education at Missouri Western State University were she graduated magna cum-laude. She is the former Fine Art Department Chair at Amarillo High School, was named Amarillo High School Teacher of the Year and AISD Secondary Mentor Teacher of the Year in 2006. Denise is married to Dennis Olson, Amarillo College Art Professor and ceramic artist. They have one son, Derek, currently attending graduate school at the University of Maine.

denise.olson@amaisd.org
(806) 326-1326
Room 313, Education Support Center

Judy GomezCarola Ashworth, Fine Arts Secretary

(806) 326-1341
Carola.Ashworth@amaisd.org
Room 315, Education Support Center

Fine Arts has been a part of life since early childhood, including musical pursuits in piano and choral music as well as performing and volunteering in different musical venues.  As a parent of two successful Amarillo sons who also participated in Fine Arts music programs, it seemed natural to come to work helping teachers and students succeed in a district that values the importance of Fine Arts.  As a graduate of WTSU, I worked as a professional for 40 years prior to beginning work for AISD Fine Arts department in 2015 as the music clerk and then as Fine Arts secretary in 2016.  The Panhandle has been home to me and my husband, Jerry, moving to Amarillo in 1980.  Any spare time is spent with our peacocks, our two cats, our two adopted dogs, Red and Sam, along with the ultimate joy of our lives - our four amazing grandchildren of Haslett and San Antonio.



Erin Bailey, Fine Arts Clerk
 Music Clerk, Erin Bailey

(806) 326-1329
Erin.Bailey@amaisd.org
Room 315, Education Support Center

Erin Bailey came on board the Fine Arts team in November of 2016. Erin has an Associate’s degree in Office Administration from Amarillo College. She is a  former band kid from Pampa High School who followed her love of music even further by participating in the Wayland Baptist University Symphonic Band.  Erin has since put away her oboe, but still enjoys picking up other instruments now and then.  Erin is married to her college sweetheart, Brandon, and they have a super adorable dog named Merlin.

 

 

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