Brenda Costin joined Meridian in August 2011 as the school's first Primary Visual Arts teacher and a member of the school's first faculty. Brenda was born in King City, California but grew up in Irving, Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in education. She is certified to teach all-level visual art, general education 1-8, gifted and talented education K-12, PE, and secondary journalism. She is a proud member of the Texas Association of Art Educators. Brenda spent the first five of her years of teaching in the classroom and then was able to begin her career in fine arts instruction at River Oaks Elementary in Houston, one of the first three schools authorized as IB-PYP in Texas. While there, she also was selected by the Fine Arts Department of Houston ISD to help write their district curriculum due to her experience as a classroom teacher. Brenda came to Meridian because of her desire to continue to work in the IB-PYP program, to motivate children to reach their creative potential in fine arts, and to encourage imaginative thinking across the disciplines. Meridian's commitment to teaching "international mindedness" through the IB learner profile, as well as the Program of Inquiry, matches Brenda’s philosophy for teaching fine arts. Brenda has completed Category 1 , Category 2 and advanced IB-PYP training.