Rachel Meissner, M.Ed
Fine Arts Department Chair
Rachel is proud to be an art educator who is dedicated to guiding students to experience the power of connectivity and community through art. She has taught K-12 students in public schools, after school programs, non-profit arts organization programs, and summer camps since 2001. She also developed academic support and mindfulness programming for St. Edward’s University for a decade in her roles of Academic Coach for Student Athletes and Coordinator for CAMP’s Peer Academic Coaching program.
Rachel began her freelance graphic design business upon moving to Austin in 2006, creating print and digital materials for the entertainment, restaurant, and real estate industries. Prior to moving to Austin, she was a product developer for the Bradford Group, where she designed ornaments and music boxes. She hails from the Midwest, where she received a master’s in Art Education from Indiana University and a bachelor’s in theatre and writing from Northwestern University. During her time at Northwestern, she enjoyed studio courses in sculpture, painting, and costume design; in grad school, her studio work centered on public art installations, ceramics, and textiles. Favorite post-grad experiences include studying drawing and ceramics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s OxBow School of Art, co-producing and directing theatre for Paper Moon Repertory, and spending summers creating art and embarking on adventures with husband Dave (a fellow artist and teacher) and daughter Quinn (an AESA Aussie).
Rachel is thrilled to be running the art department and is excited to bring together her experiences in art, working with student athletes, and mindfulness for AESA students.