Performing Arts Conservatory Staff
Mrs. Lee Ann Ince
Fine arts coordinator
Lee Ann Ince is a graduate of Broken Bow High School, Oklahoma. She graduated Summa Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Arts from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. At 21, she began her teaching career in Callisburg, Texas where her Cross-examination debate team went to the UIL State finals placing 2nd overall.
She relocated to Harlingen in 1992 where she taught Special Education and coached the speech and debate program after school at Alamo 9th and 10th grade campus. She went on to start the Speech Drama Debate team at Harlingen High School South where she also taught theatre arts, served as UIL Academic Coordinator, and directed the One-Act Play. In 1995 she coached the school’s first UIL state champion. In 1996 the Harlingen High School South speech drama debate team earned forty Texas Forensic Association state qualifications which earned them the distinction as most qualifications in the state of Texas. They have continued to remain a top ten school for the past twenty-two years. Under her direction, HHSS was awarded the Lanny P. Naeglin award twice for the most accumulated qualifications in the state of Texas. Her UIL speech teams have won the speech district championship since 1993. They have been awarded the UIL Region IV speech team award numerous times since the school opened. She has qualified students in all UIL Speech events for the state meet. In her 28 years as a speech drama debate coach, she produced twenty state champions, Six national finalist, and one national champion in 2017. In 2018 the Harlingen High School South One Act Play Sidemanwon the 6A State Championship and the Samuel French Award while she served at the district’s Theatre Coordinator. She has directed One-Act plays to the district, bi-district, Area, region, and state level. Her teams have won the NSDA Gulf Coast leading Chapter award numerous times. At the NSDA National Finals HHSS was awarded as a school of distinction in 2009 and school of honor in 2016.
Mrs. Ince is a five-diamond coach with the National Speech and Debate Association and in 2013 was inducted into the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame. She serves on the UIL Region IV Regional Advisory committee, was appointed as the Region 1 District Clerk for the UIL Congressional Debate contest, and also serves as an NSDA committee member for the Gulf Coast District. She recently become a certified One-Act Play Contest Manager.
Mrs. Ince currently serves as the Fine Arts Coordinator for HCISD where she oversees the Theatre, Dance, Speech, and Visual Art programs.
Fine Arts Facilitator
Aracely Navarro graduated from the University of Texas Pan-American with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Communication. Aracely went on to purse a teaching career in Theatre Arts at Central Middle School in Weslaco. Aracely built a competitive Speech, Drama, Debate team and won several UIL Competitions and One-Act Play Championships. Aracely continued her education and graduated from the University of Texas Pan-American with a Masters of Arts degree in School Psychology. Aracely left the theatre world to pursue a career in special education for 10 years as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and Special Education Director. In 2018, Aracely began consulting at HCISD and coached the Memorial Middle School Speech, Drama & Debate Team. Aracely coached HCISD’s first middle school finalist at the NSDA competition. Aracely left the special education world to pursue her passion in the arts and became the Fine Arts facilitator for Lee H. Means Fine Arts Academy at the Harlingen Independent School District. Lee H. Means Fine Arts Academy put on a full all-elementary musical production The Little Mermaidand it was a huge success. Aracely has a passion for fine arts and cannot wait to see all the students’ achievements in the upcoming years.
After attending Shenandoah University for a B.A. in Musical Theatre, MarKeith went to pursue his dream of working for Disney. In Walt Disney World Orlando, FL, MarKeith was a dancer and character performer in parades anddifferent shows throughout the park.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade is just one of the nationally televised events Mr. Scott participated in. After moving back to the DMV, he became a Senior
Supervisor in Entertainment at Six Flags America while directing, producing and choreographing some of the largest productions the theme park had ever seen. During that time MarKeith was Artistic Director and Choreographer at one of the largest churches in the area, producing stellar Christmas and Easter pageants, which included 300+ cast members, live animals, pyro techniques, and flying aerial effects. Mr. Scott has been featured in the Washington Post and Gazette for his work and also holds several awards and certificates from theatrical companies and organizations. Head of State, Commander and Chief, Not Just News, and Disney are a few of the movies, TV series, and commercials Mr. Scott has appeared in. Walter Elias Disney once said, “All our DREAMS can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” This isn’t just Mr. Scott’s favorite quote, but its stitched into the fabric of his very being.