Title: Digital Art and Photography Teacher
Company: Cypress Lakes High School
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Lindsay Reed Townsend, Digital Art and Photography Teacher at Cypress Lakes High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art education.
Influenced by her parents’ love for art, Ms. Townsend recalls visiting numerous art museums and taking various art classes in her youth. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fine and studio arts with an emphasis in graphic design from Baylor University in 2006 and a Master of Arts in art history from Richmond, The American International University in London in 2007. In 2011, Ms. Townsend was hired by Houston Community College as an adjunct professor of art history; however, she felt that her knowledge in art would best serve the public school system, as it usually lacks quality art educators. She then intentionally sought work at a low-income school and devote herself to the students there.
Since 2013, Ms. Townsend has served as a high school photography and digital art and media teacher for Cypress Lake High School, part of the Cy-Fair Independent School District, and began building and developing the digital art and media program. In the summer of 2020, she served as a curriculum writer for Cy-Fair Independent School District, where she worked with a group of teachers picked by the district to translate their curriculum from fact to face to digital/virtual format while they coped with the ongoing pandemic. Ms. Townsend is also a freelance artist, photographer, photograph restorer, archivist, and graphic designer who takes commissions and produces artwork. She shares that her husband served as a strong pillar for her, making her professional success a real possibility.
Finding great success throughout the course of her career, Ms. Townsend won the Best in Show Award and the Gold Award from the Waco Advertising Federation and was ranked second in the Western Region for Photography by the Creative Convocation, all in 2006. She was also quoted in a blog titled “The Next Book on the Shelf,” which discussed photojournalistic responsibility in creating a visual narrative in 2012. The same year, she presented a paper, “CASETA (The Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art): A Decade of Contributions to Texas Art History” at CASETA’s annual symposium. Notably, she has participated in shows, exhibitions and contests with the Texas Art Education Association, the Center for Hearing and Speech, CFISD, Bosque Gallery and Lone Star College. Ms. Townsend received the Allbritton Art fellowship for the 2004-2005 year.
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