Shawn Bell began his roll of Director of Fine Arts for the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District in July of 2012. Previously, Shawn served as Executive Director of Instructional Support Services from 2009-2012 for the Ector County Independent School District in Odessa, Texas, with Fine Arts oversight being the central component of his responsibilities. With seventeen years of teaching experience, Shawn served as Assistant Choir Director at Permian High School from 1992-1994, Director of Choirs at Judson High School in Converse, Texas, from 1994-1996, and Director of Choirs at Permian High School from 1996-2010.
Shawn’s choirs earned consistent first divisions, UIL Sweepstakes Awards, and “Best in Festival” honors in spring festivals throughout the country. Shawn prepared and directed the Permian choirs at the 2000 and 2005 TMEA conventions as well as the 2003 national American Choral Directors Association convention in New York City. Shawn served as Vice President and Vocal Chairman of the Texas Music Educators Association Region VI. He has also served as Vocal Vice President/State Vocal Chair, and President of TMEA. As a TMEA Past President and having served on the UIL State Sight Reading Committee, Shawn continues to adjudicate, clinic, and conduct choirs throughout the country while advocating for Fine Arts education.
Shawn holds degrees from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri, Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He has studied with Richard Bell, Seth McCoy, Donald Neuen, Karl Dent, and Dr. Kenneth Davis. Shawn is a member of TMEA, TCDA, ACDA, and TCTA. Shawn and his wife, Donna, have three beautiful children: Landon, Ashlyn, and Mason.