Ms. Devan Bell is the Director of Orchestras at Centennial High School. Ms. Bell served as the Associate Director at Centennial High School in 2018 and the Associate Orchestra Director at Huffines Middle School and Lewisville High School from 2016 to 2018.
Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Ms. Bell began her study of music at age ten with the cello. She continued her study of music in college, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the Hurley School of Music at Centenary College of Louisiana. Ms. Bell’s passion for music education led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Music and Human Learning from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas.
While in Austin, she worked as an instructor with the University of Texas String Project and taught second through fifth grade strings at the University of Texas Elementary School. She also designed and inaugurated a pilot after-school string program for sixth through twelfth graders at Brentwood Christian School. During this time, she began her study of the Suzuki method with training in Suzuki in the Schools and Suzuki Cello, Books 1-4.
Ms. Bell loves yoga, video games, rock climbing, and spending time with her family, her boyfriend Joseph, and her two cats Abi and Arya.
Mr. Nikit Desai is the Associate Director of Orchestras at Centennial High School. Mr. Desai began his musical studies at age six with the piano. After this, he began studies on the viola at age twelve. He continued his musical career at Texas Tech Universities, and eventually completed his degree in Music Education with a concentration in Viola Studies. While enrolled at Texas Tech University, Mr. Desai played with the University Symphony Orchestra as well as various chamber ensembles. He has played in many different styles of ensemble, including Celtic, and Tango ensembles. Mr. Desai also helped develop the inaugural ASTA student chapter at Texas Tech University in 2017.
During his years at Texas Tech University, Mr. Desai's greatest influence was the TTU String Project, in which he served 3 years. This time cultivated his passion for teaching orchestra. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Music Education at Texas Tech University, which he will complete in continuing education.
In his off time, Mr. Desai enjoys cooking, video games, and being with friends and family. Mr. Desai is excited to start his career here at Centennial High School!