Jackie deMontmollin, Director of Fine Arts
Jackie deMontmollin came to Denton ISD from The University of Houston where she served for ten years as the Associate Director of Theatre Education. At UH she created and administered the Master of Arts for theatre educators, the BFA in theatre education and developed partnerships with Lincoln Center Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Houston Independent School District, The Alley Theatre, and Houston Arts Partners in service to those programs. Additionally, she developed and supervised recruitment, audition, and admissions processes and taught Acting. Ms. deMontmollin also taught The Essentials of Fine Arts in the College of Education at the University of St. Thomas, guiding elementary education students in the application of theatre, dance, music, and visual art as a pedagogical tool to meet learning targets across the curriculum.
Ms. deMontmollin served on the University of Houston Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee, the Center for Educational Development of Fine Arts Training Cadre, the University Interscholastic League’s One Act Play Standards & Practices Committee. She was a reviewer for the Texas Theatre Teacher Certification exam, and a second tier reviewer for the development of the National Core Arts Standards. Ms. deMontmollin served on the Board of Directors for The Texas Educational Theatre Association. She has been a State OAP adjudicator, and was a founding member of the Texas Theatre Adjudicator’s Organization.
Ms. deMontmollin was awarded the Ross M. Lence Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012 by the University of Houston College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, and was named the University Educator of the Year by the Texas Educational Theatre Association in 2016.
Prior to her work at the University of Houston Ms. deMontmollin taught theatre in Texas public schools for fifteen years. She directed more than 60 productions including Tommy Tune Award winning musicals and four State qualifying One Act Plays. Her students earned state and national accolades. She holds a Master in Educational Administration degree from Concordia University-Austin and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership through Concordia University-Portland.
Ms. deMontmollin believes arts education is an essential component in the education of every child, and that the arts create bridges for our students between our schools and our greater local and global community.