Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High has been elected southeast Arkansas regional director for the Arkansas Art Educators (AAE), an affiliate of the National Art Education Association.

High was elected by southeast Arkansas art teachers at the Arkansas Art Educators 2013 Fall Conference held recently in North Little Rock.

The purpose of the Arkansas Art Educators to support art educators in the state, to strengthen the position of art as a discipline in the schools, and to affect positively the role of art in the culture.

As regional director, High’s duties will be to bring together southeast Arkansas members under a common bond within the structure of the AAE, promote memberships within the region, serve as the regions’ representatives to the AAE Council, act as the liaison between the region and the planning of the AAE conferences, develop a professional program of regional activities and programs, develop a system of communication within the region in relation to AAE, conduct meetings within the region deemed necessary to achieve those responsibilities, and other duties.

High joined the Star City High School faculty as the art teacher in the fall of 2011. Since becoming the art teacher for Star City High School High has increased student performance on the Advanced Placement Studio Art, increased participation and achievement at the Arkansas Young Artists Association competition, and received several grants that enabled students to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

He currently serves as editor of the Star City Education Association’s Star Navigator and vice-president of Star City Education Association, an affiliated local of the Arkansas Education Association and the National Education Association. He has received four consecutive first place AEA Local Newsletter Awards for editing educational publications.

High is a graduate of Monticello High School. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and English with a writing concentration and received his certification through the Arkansas Department of Education Non-Traditional Licensure Program at the Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative. High entered the teaching profession in 2005.

High was selected by AEA in 2008 as one of 12 teachers in the state to serve on the Arkansas Department of Education Committee to develop the annual improvement gains model to develop methods for measuring student growth on Benchmark exams.

High was also selected by the Arkansas Education Association in 2009 as one of 12 teachers in the state to serve on the Arkansas Department of Education Teacher Evaluation Task Force to develop a unified statewide system for teacher evaluation.