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Kari Giordano

Kari Giordano teaches art, design, and photography to grades 7-12 at Mount Everett Regional

School in Sheffield, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from State University

of New York at New Paltz and her Master of Art in Teaching from Rhode Island School of

Design. Beyond her teaching duties, Giordano serves as the K-12 Arts Curriculum Leader as

well as advisor to numerous school organizations. Awards and honors include the prestigious

James C. Kapteyn Award for Excellence in Teaching, Berkshire Community College’s 40 Under

40 Award, and State University of New York at New Paltz’s 40 Under 40 Award. Giordano has

had over a dozen articles published in SchoolArts Magazine, a national art education

publication, has presented her design curriculum at the National Art Education Association

National Convention and has been invited to speak at the New Paltz Women in Leadership

Summit. Outside of education, Giordano owns and operates a freelance graphic design and

photography studio. She lives and works in Berkshire County, Massachusetts with her husband

and two young sons. For her inquiry project, she is excited to study rural arts education and

how practical, place-based projects can connect rural students with their local communities in

an age where urbanization has a profound impact on rural districts.

Teaching Experience
 

Teacher/Teacher Leader - Southern Berkshire Regional School District
7-12 Art, Design, & Photography Teacher – 2006-present

Career Achievements
 

• Head of K-12 Art and Music Department - Curriculum Leader
• District Marketing Coordinator - Oversee web design and marketing
• Prom Committee Advisor - Advise students in planning the Junior/Senior Prom
• Yearbook Advisor - Revised program to establish in-house design and publication of yearbook
• Regularly contributes to the culture of the school with special projects.
• Created and implemented new Foundations of Design Curriculum
• Lead 10th grade class to publishing their own children’s book
• Established Collaboration with Sheffield Senior Center

Education
 

Rhode Island School of Design - MAT, Art and Design Education
School of Fine and Performing Arts at SUNY New Paltz - BFA, Graphic Design

Awards and Honors
 

• 2019 Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Fellowship
• 2018 Berkshire 40 Under 40 Honoree
• 2017 State University of New York 40 Under 40 Honoree
​• 2015 James C. Kapteyn Prize Winner
• Published author in School Arts, a national education magazine (April 2015, February 2011, December 2015, September 2015, etc)
• National Art Education Association - National Conference Presenter
• New York State Art Teachers Association - Conference Presenter
• Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Teaching and Learning - Guest Speaker
• Received grants from the Eagle Fund and Massachusetts Cultural Council for student enrichment projects

Additional Work Experience
 

Small Business Owner - Sundae Graphic Design and Photography 
Freelance Graphic Design and Photography 2006-present
www.sundaegraphics.com

Areas of Expertise
 

• Differentiated Instruction
• 21st Century Skills and Integration of Technology
• Mentor to at-risk students
• Applicable Curriculum Design relevant to teenagers’ lives
• Arts Integration/Cross-Curricular Mapping
• Graphic Design/Photography
​• Performing Arts

 

Press

https://www.facebook.com/JohnKrolShow/videos/182198655791337/UzpfSTU0Nzk4NTAwMjoxMDE1NTY1MTQ2MzcyNTAwMw/

www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/mount-everett-teacher-kari-giordano-to-be-awarded-berkshire-taconic-kapteyn-prize-for-education,308160

http://www.berkshiretaconic.org/bLearnbAboutBTCF/BTCFNews/ViewArticle/tabid/96/ArticleId/192/Press-Release-Educator-and-Artist-Kari-Giordano-Wins-10-000-Kapteyn-Prize.aspx

https://www.risdtlad.com/single-post/2015/06/27/MAT-Alumna-Awarded-Prize-For-Teaching-Excellence

http://www.reformer.com/stories/a-cheering-gift-to-students,498327

www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/mount-everett-students-collaborate-on-childrens-book,371977

 

Published Articles


http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/1048226-dec-2018/18?m4=

http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/472129-april-2015/28
 
http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/472129-april-2015/28
 
http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/545597-september-2015/24

http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/545597-september-2015/12
 
http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/595872-december-2015/12
 
http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/610140-january-2016/12
 
http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/623161-february-2016/12
 
http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/661381-may-2016/36

http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/819720-sum-2017/13

http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/768117-february-2017/28

http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/819720-sum-2017/25
 
https://www.davisart.com/Promotions/SchoolArts/PDF/2_11-middle-school-studio-art-lesson-plan-the-present-is-key-to-the-past.pdf

http://www.schoolartsroom.com/2015/03/gratitude-cards.html

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