Debbie Barrett-Hayes

Florida State University School
Tallahassee, Florida
Years in current position: 20
Total years as a classroom teacher: 20

Career Highlights

  • Debi Barrett-Hayes has written numerous successful grant requests,
    personally bringing in over $400,000 in additional funds for her school
    district, and is a published author. She has conducted more than 300
    workshops and been invited to speak on the state, national and
    international level. Hayes is active in professional development
    opportunities to help prepare teachers for the National Board for
    Professional Teaching Standards.

  • Of her teaching philosophy, Hayes says she feels “less like a teacher
    and more like a ‘traveling companion’ on what I hope will be a pleasant
    and exciting journey.”

  • Hayes and a colleague, science teacher Karl Hook, developed the
    P.L.U.N.G.E. (Practical Learning Utilizing New Gadgets for Education)
    Project and Integrated A.R.T.S. (Art, Research, Technology, and Science)
    Summer program to help students use technology in a more meaningful way
    and the MagLab Alpha project where students work along side
    researchers, scientists, and engineers in the summer at the National
    High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

  • She also worked with the Florida State Fine Arts Museum on the Judy
    Chicago Project, which focused on the feminist artist, and helped
    develop the Artisan project which focused on promoting teaching as a
    profession and the demonstration of how the arts relate to careers and
    work place skills.

    “Debi is a dynamic teacher who brings history, science, and culture
    to life through the visual arts.” — Glenn Thomas, director, Florida
    State University School

    “The many accolades that Mrs. Barrett-Hayes has received as an art
    instructor clearly speaks to her success as a classroom instructor.
    However, the recognition that is most notable to me during my four-year
    tenure as her principal has been the success of her art students.” —
    Jesse Jackson, principal, Florida State University School

    “I have been impressed with her rapport with students.
    Underachievers, average students, problem students, and overachievers
    alike have won art awards and even college scholarships under strong,
    yet kind tutelage. A young lady, previously labeled learning disabled,
    recently received an art scholarship to Florida State University because
    of Debi’s leadership and perseverance in working with and for the
    student.” — Steven Ash, colleague

    “Even the mean, rebellious bullies respect her and her teaching
    methods. Even the ‘flunk-outs’ make an effort.” — Yun Bai, former

    “We have known Debi for many years and she is a wonderful person and
    talented educator. Both of our children were in her classes and
    developed an appreciation for art and the importance of community
    involvement from that experience.” –Bobby (School Board member) and
    Kathy Broome, parents of former students

    “Since we have been involved in numerous projects concerning visual
    art education, I know Debi is truly National Teacher Hall of Fame
    material. Debi teaches her students and peers about the value of art as
    she integrates the arts in their personal lives every day. As an art
    teacher and the Visual Art Coordinator for the Columbia County, I am
    mindful of how creative, innovative, and excited Debi is when
    incorporating the visual arts into the world of education.” — Laura
    Hunter Null, colleague

    “On the national level, Debi is the National Art Education
    Association Secondary Division Director and was one of the first art
    teachers to obtain the status of National Board Certified Teacher. Debi
    has also served on many national committees that deal with the
    enhancement and assessment of art education….Debi has done all of this
    while still producing students who win awards and scholarships, and
    most importantly, she fosters a love of the arts. She is a producing
    artist whose work is on exhibition regularly and she is a loving wife,
    mother, and friend who never loses sight of what is important in life.”
    — Susan Leff Weinstock, president, Florida Art Education Association



Education Randolph Macon Woman’s College, B.A. Studio Art


Radford University, Master of Science, Art Education


Florida State University, post graduate work in Art Education, Ph.D. (ABD)

Teaching Experience


Graphic Designer/Artist, Newport New Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.


Visiting Instructor: Methods in Elementary Art, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College


Substitute teacher, K-12 and Special Education, Florida and Virginia Public Schools


Instructor, Alumni Village, K-6, Florida State University


Internship at New River Community College, Dublin, Va.


Free-lance artist (commercial and studio)


Art Instructor, Grades 7-8


Editorial Review Board, Art Education publication, NAEA


Adjunct professor, Florida State University


Adjunct professor, Florida A&M University


Chair, Visual Arts Department K-12, Visual Arts teacher, 9-12,
Florida State University School; National Board Certification, 1996,
Florida Arts Education Association, NBPTS representative; professor
1994-present, associate professor 1991-94, assistant professor 1987-91,
instructor 1981-86

Special Recognition


Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Award


National Art Education Board of Directors, National Secondary Division Director


Disney Education Grants, Reader/Rater


National Educator Award, Milken Family Foundation


Phi Delta Kappa “Programs of Excellence” Award for art integration


Robert Rauchenbeig “Power of Art” Fellowship, Lab School of Washington


Florida Art Educator of the Year


Teacher of the Year Award for FSUS, sponsored by Burdines and Dept. Of Education


Who’s Who in American Education