Sherman ISD Announces New Fine Arts Coordinator Position to Promote Expanding Programs
By Arena Blake
Chief Communications Officer
Sherman ISD announced on June 9 that the district’s new fine arts coordinator position would be filled by Kalyn McAlester, an experienced administrator with a passion for fine arts education. McAlester, who has worked for Sherman ISD for the past eight years and most recently as assistant principal at Fairview Elementary, will begin the position on July 1. McAlester’s experience ranges from elementary through high school, and roles as a teacher to instructional coach and campus administrator.
Coordinator of Fine Arts
“We have some amazing fine arts programs in Sherman ISD,” said Dr. Tyson Bennett, superintendent. “As our fine arts programs continue to grow, this position will be crucial in supporting our staff and promoting our students as they perform across our community, state, and nation. Kalyn’s energy, passion, and positive approach, as well as her experience as a campus administrator, leader of fine arts programs, and her accolades as a performer will make her the ideal person for this position.”
An accomplished musician and vocalist, McAlester has been performing for audiences across the globe since she was a child. She went to college on a full vocal scholarship and won an additional $25,000 for tuition by placing first in the Miss Alaska National Teenager Pageant talent competition. She plays multiple instruments, is skilled in dance and sign language performance, and is an experienced sound technician. She has sung the National Anthem at the rodeo at Choctaw Coliseum and at a Frisco Rough Riders game. She currently serves as the worship leader of New Heritage Baptist Church and has grown their praise band exponentially. In addition, McAlester has written more than 30 original songs copyrighted with the U.S. Library of Congress and is successful in writing grants.
“I have a relentless passion for fine arts,” McAlester said. “They are the secret weapon behind academic excellence. My life was heavily impacted by involvement in a thriving fine arts program, from growing up with parents who were musicians to attending Dallas Baptist University on a vocal scholarship. If you can put a student on a stage or place a paintbrush or instrument in their hands, their academic trajectory will soar.” “I am so excited to share my passion by being an advocate for students to join the Sherman ISD Fine Arts programs. We have extensive opportunities at all of our campuses with highly-skilled teachers who provide hands-on experiences for our Bearcats.”
McAlester lives in Bells with her husband of 20 years, Troy, who works as a pharmacist in Sherman.