Meet our AAPS Visual Arts Teachers!

Frances Minten

Elementary School

Ms. Minten is from San Antonio, Texas but has lived in Austin for almost eight years. 

"Throughout my education, Art was always my favorite subject and I often made art outside of school as well. Through volunteer work, I developed a passion for teaching and decided I wanted to share my love of art through this career. I am a multidisciplinary artist with a background in printmaking, oil painting, and a dabble of ceramics. For me, art is important because it has a powerful impact on our moods and emotions and allows us to express our individuality. Drawing, painting and other art activities enable students to become more creative and problem solve. Through art, I hope my students will also become more observant of the world around them and develop better self-confidence to try harder and succeed in other areas of their lives.

Samantha Dameron

Elementary School

Ms. Dameron is originally from Wichita, KS and moved to the Austin area in 2019. 

"When I first went to college I thought I wanted to be a Veterinarian, but the art world kept calling my name. My high school ceramics teacher always encouraged me to become an art educator. After a few months in the Vet Med program at Kansas State University, I decided it was not right for me and switched to a degree in Art Education and have not looked back! I hope for my students to see the Art room as a safe space to experiment. Art is about trial and error and embracing your mistakes!"

Daniel Ten Brook

Middle School

Mr. Ten Brook a multimedia artist from Northwest Illinois. He has a degree in 2D Studio Art from Northern Illinois University. His favorite medium to work in is ceramics, but the majority of his education was spent exploring color and large-scale portraiture. Now, he focuses mainly on a combination of color and texture applied to 3D printed abstract forms. Mr. Ten Brook started teaching through Austin Achieve as a Teaching Fellow and soon developed a passion for mentoring and leading. He now teaches Art and has served several years as both a mentor teacher and grade level chair at the middle school level. He hopes that his students simply never stop making work. "In today's world, it is easy to become bored and not see progress. I just want students to find something they love  in art, and commit themselves to the process."

Hannah Temple

High School

Fine Arts Director

This is Mrs. Temple's 11th year in Education, and her 9th year at Austin Achieve Public Schools.

She graduated with a BFA in Art Education from Texas Christian University where she emphasized in Printmaking and Painting.  Mrs. Temple is currently working towards her M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators at Columbia University's Teacher's College.

Mrs. Temple is a 5th generation Austinite and continues to make art inspired by the places and people in her life.

" I believe that there should be access to the same quality education across this city.  My goal as an educator is to give back in my own community in hopes of it becoming an even better place one day.  Through Visual Art, we can transform the way our students communicate important pieces of their lives and process the world around them." 

AAPS Art Updates!

February 28, 2023

Our '22-'23 Advanced Artists recently competed in this year's Visual Arts Scholastic Event (V.A.S.E.) for Region 13S in San Antonio!

All artists presented artwork to a judge and discussed artistic processes, inspirations, and their use of problem solving. These scholars did an amazing job representing our Austin Achieve Art Department! 

All V.A.S.E. art pieces will be on display at the Fine Arts Showcase on April 28th!

December 15, 2022

Our NE campus portable located at the Elementary School is now home to an original mural design by our High School art team! We have had many members of the community offer their time and services to help us complete this project. 

Our Lifeskills class came out to help paint the mural on our Dell Give Back day!

Junior, Sascha Obadia, puts in extra hours after school to help create this mural!

Even our alumni came to contribute a helping had in making this mural extra special for our school!