• Shawn Bell, Director of Fine Arts for EMS ISD Shawn Bell began his role as 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 throughout the country.  Shawn 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 on the TMEA Executive Board from 2005-2010 as Vocal Vice President and President of TMEA.  He has served on the UIL State Sight Reading Committee and continues to adjudicate, clinic, and conduct choirs while advocating for Fine Arts education.  Shawn is also the UIL Region 30 Music Executive Secretary.

    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, and ACDA.  Shawn and his wife, Donna, have three beautiful children:  Landon, Ashlyn, and Mason.