Shelly Bailey


July’s educator profile is the 2013 Alabama Elementary Art Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Shelly Bailey.

Shelly Bailey received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education from the University of Montevallo and has been teaching professionally for 21 years. Currently, Mrs. Bailey’s school, McAdory Elementary, implements the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts definition of arts integration.  This is as follows: “Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.  Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.”

A representative from McAdory writes, “We are a rural, but quickly growing school in Jefferson County that houses approximately 1200 children in grades K-5.  At our school, we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to incorporate the arts into our curriculum.  Last year, Mrs. Bailey traveled to the Kennedy Center to study various arts integration methods.  She came back and shared many of these techniques with our staff.  We have become a model school for our district on arts integration due to our collaborative program.  All of our specialists work to promote the regular classroom curriculum in their programs in order to enhance student learning.  This research based document was shared within our district as a guide for enhanced planning and cross curricular mapping.  Mrs. Bailey has also taught professional development classes within the district and at state conferences with fine arts educators on how to implement and use resources to support the arts and curricular studies.  This year Mrs. Bailey was also awarded a $19,400 grant from the state department based on an arts initiative.”


Shelly Bailey believes anyone can learn to create if you have a desire to learn. With this in mind she has recently established the Helena School of Art, an independant interactive hands-on teaching studio.  She offers afternoon and evening art enrichment classes to the community and provides a positive artistic environment for interested students of all ages.

The Monthly Member Spotlight on our website is a great way to share stories of all the awesome work going on in art classrooms across the state of Alabama and to advocate the importance of visual arts education.   If you would like to participate, please email high quality photos of yourself, your classroom, and student work samples as well as the name and location of your school and a short biography.  Please include descriptions for the photos and a 1-2 paragraph summary of some of your recent accomplishments in your classroom and within the larger art education community. Please address content to: Lindsay Mouyal,