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Amelia Rabroker

Owner/Director

Advocating the visual arts has been my lifelong passion. My passion for art started from an early age and has always been a big part of my life. Coming from a long line of artist and educators, art education is part of who I am. As a native of the Central Texas area, my family’s roots run deep and I’m proud to call at my home and raise two beautiful children here. After graduating from Baylor University with a degree in elementary education and a specialization in art education, I was fortunate to start my career at Killeen ISD. I started teaching fourth grade for the district, and during those years I begin to integrate the arts in my regular education classroom and even started an afterschool art club. Once my administration experienced the power of art education, I got the opportunity to start a full art program. Since then I’ve had the privilege to moulding thousands of children into little artist. During my years as an art educator in the public-school system I was the recipient of the Killeen Daily Herald Excellence in Teaching Award.  I also orchestrated several school wide fundraisers, large art shows, fieldtrips, and school beautification projects.  My attendance to state and national art teacher conferences has allowed me to continue with professional development.  Prior to my time with Killeen ISD, I designed and coordinated summer art programs at the Art Center Waco and afterschool programs for Waco ISD.  As an artist, I have had my artwork on display at Austin Community College and the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin.  In my years of working with students and through my own artistic works, I firmly believe the visual arts and the artistic process help to develop students problem-solving skills that will enable them to become independent thinkers and successful lifelong learners. After 10 years of wonderful experiences and professional growth Killeen ISD, I decided it was time to make a change and grow into a different direction.   I came up with the idea of Tap Tap after teaching a lesson on the Tap Tap buses in Haiti. I was fascinated by the artistic design and after my own creative process took hold, my ideas involved into my concept of the traveling part bus! My Tap Tap bus has taken me on quite a journey and I could have never foreseen the beauty company that it has grown into.  The Tap Tap bus was a great success, but my vision grew and now I am proud to lead a talented staff and have a facility that has greatly enhanced the arts in our community.

 

Deanna Herndon

Office Manager

I am a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but had the pleasure of traveling to many states during the 10 years that I served our country in the U.S. Army. Through my years in the service I developed a love to help others, so I obtained my degree in Medical Assistant from Thompson Institute. After leaving the Army, I moved to North Carolina where I received a certification from Fayetteville Tech Community College in Office Management. My husband’s career brought us to Killeen where I began working for Killeen I.S.D. as a substitute. I later began working in Customer Service Management leading me to Tap Tap Art School.  Tap Tap art school has combined my love for helping kids and managing a winning team.

 

 

 

Kristi Cullen

Artist/Art Teacher

My love for Fine Arts inspired me to graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from George Mason University, specializing in Painting in 2006. I received second place for Painting and Design at the art shows during my junior and senior year at the GMU.  I have had my artworks display at multiple art shows in Washington, DC, Seattle and recently the Pancakes and Booze in Austin.  I volunteered as an Art Teacher for my son’s elementary schools and continued educating people's minds when I got the opportunity.  I am very excited to enrich those in the Central Texas area to Fine Arts and inspire those to continue their love for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

Devan Mingo

Artist/Art Teacher

Hello, my name is Devan Mingo, and for as long as I can remember art has been a part of my life. From scribbling on the empty spaces of my work assignments in school to drawing my favorite cartoon characters in notebooks, art has been with me constantly. In high school I took my first animation course and won my first award for raising awareness on saving energy with an animation I created with adobe flash and a character I created of living electricity. This achievement jump started my will to be a professional artist, and led me to complete my high school career and go on to study at the Art Institute of Austin in media arts and animation. I continue to develop my skills and strive for a career in the comic book industry, I am currently locked in the process of writing a series of graphic novels as well as retelling some of my favorite stories in graphic form. From years of practice and learning from other artist, I now attempt to reach out to younger artist who hold the same passions as I did when I was their age, giving them the necessary tools to build a solid foundation on which to grow and find their own unique styles with their art. You can find me at the Tap Tap Art School in Harker Heights teaching after school courses in Creature & Animal Anatomy, Animation, Story Boarding, and Media Exploration.