Debra Paige Barrett-Hayes

Title: Professor of Art Education
Location:  Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Debra Paige Barrett-Hayes has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art education.

An award-winning artist and academic leader with more than three decades of experience, Mrs. Barrett-Hayes demonstrates talent, creativity and professionalism in her role as a professor of art education at Florida State University in Tallahassee. She has been with the university for 31 years, during which time she has taught students, collaborated with like-minded professionals and always lent a helping hand. Throughout her tenure, Mrs. Barrett-Hayes has been impactful in other ways as a visual arts education improvement consultant for the Getty Center for the Arts and as an exhibiting artist in group shows including those for the Artworks Mixed Media. In recognition of her professional excellence, Mrs. Barrett-Hayes has been the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

To prepare for a career in the arts, Mrs. Barrett-Hayes earned a Bachelor of Science in studio art from Randolph-Macon Women’s College and a Master of Arts in art education from Radford University in 1980. She is a certified teacher in the state of Florida accredited by the National Board of Certified Teachers. Mrs. Barrett-Hayes is a highly regarded professional in her field due to her work and involvement with a number of industry organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts for Complete Education, the Council for Basic Education the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, the National Association of Laboratory Schools, the National Art Education Association, the League of Artists and the Thomasville Artists Guild. Mrs. Barrett-Hayes loves what she does and notes that “when you have love for your work you have a lot in life.” Looking ahead, she intends to continue teaching, creating art and looking for new opportunities to share her expertise and expand her impact.

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