James Miculka, Director of Fine Arts

Professional headshot of Director of Fine Arts, James Miculka, wearing a tuxedo with bowtie. He is smiling.

James Miculka is completing his 39th year in education, all of them in service to the students of Northside Independent School District.  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Mary’s University and a Master’s Degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio.  Certifications include Curriculum Mid-Management Supervision, Principalship, and Superintendent’s Certification. 


His teaching experience as Director of Bands at Elisha Pease Middle School and John Marshall High School include 14 consecutive years of University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes Awards of Excellence for all non-varsity and varsity ensembles.  In addition, his ensembles are recipients of multiple state UIL finalist awards of excellence in marching and concert and 3 national band championships awards in concert, marching, and jazz. 

Serving as Director of Fine Arts in Northside ISD for the past 23 years, he provides instructional leadership for over 400 district fine arts instructors and 70,000 students enrolled in district fine arts courses.  Achievements include development of a full comprehensive curriculum of visual and performing arts courses of study, a mariachi program, dance curriculum, harp studio, a 5thgrade elementary string program, and substantial changes in fine arts facility design.

James is a member of the Association of School Curriculum Development (ASCD) and was appointed cadre chair for performance assessment by the Center for Educator Development for the Texas Education Agency when first created.  He is an active state and national clinician, conductor, and guest lecturer and has provided multiple articles and clinic presentations to his state professional memberships.  James has served on several Texas State music textbook adoption committees, University Interscholastic League Music Committees, and most recently he was selected to serve on the state committee for dissemination and training in the 2015 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts.

He holds active membership in the Texas Music Educators’ Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Music Adjudicator’s Association, and the Music Educator’s National Conference, and all of the visual and performing arts professional organizations of Texas.   He has served as an adjunct professor at The University of Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, The University of Texas at San Antonio and San Antonio College.  

James Miculka is a member of Phi Beta Mu (Alpha Chapter) and Phi Delta Kappa.  At his side for 38 years is his lovely wife Cher, a successful Real Estate Broker/Owner, their two children, and two beautiful grandsons.  James enjoys playing trumpet in the orchestra at Community Bible Church.