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Meet D219’s New Fine Arts Director

BrownJason Brown hit the ground running on July 1 as the new Director of Fine Arts for the district.

Brown’s Strong Credentials
Brown was named Art Educator of the Year for 2012 by the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. The council recognized him for “opening the world of art to many students” as Director of Fine Arts of the Riverview Gardens School District, a position he has held for the past two years. The committee cited Brown’s effectiveness in establishing strong partnerships between the district and community arts organizations and performing arts organizations.

Brown began his career in 1997 as a music educator in St. Louis Public Schools. He has served as a band and vocal music teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels and as director of bands. He has also served as a principal, and as a literacy facilitator in St. Louis Public Schools and as an assistant principal in Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Eastern Illinois University, a master’s in educational leadership from St. Louis University and is currently working on a doctorate in educational leadership from Lindenwood University.

Brown replaces Mary Jo Papich, who retired after three years as Interim Fine Arts Director.