George D Ratkevich
Designed and facilitated department-based professional development for the art faculty.
Taught and guided district art faculty through new teacher evaluation system.
Facilitated the understanding and writing of SMART Goals by the district art teachers.
Created and facilitated in the creation of District Determined Measures for the district's art program.
Facilitated the implementation of TeachBoost (online teacher evaluation program) to district art teachers.
Oversee development of sequential departmental curriculum for grades K-12 to align with Massachusetts Learning Standards.
Designed detailed and sequential curriculum for new art courses.
Incorporated into curriculum numerous projects involving students in authentic learning through applied arts.
Played a major role in development of team-taught interdisciplinary elective at Burlington High School.
Advised students and parents on educational advancement and careers in the visual arts.
Prepared detailed reports on special activities for newsletters and press releases.
Wrote, prepared, and was awarded grants through local cultural council for discipline-based learning projects.
As advisor of the Academic Decathlon, devised and conducted a variety of exercises for academic study of art history and other subjects (The team placed within the top seven schools in the state during both years I was advisor).
Oversaw all aspects of the high school yearbook’s production.
Oversaw the design of an award-winning student literary and arts magazine.
As a cooperating teacher for the Massachusetts College of Art and Boston University, trained student teachers from bachelor and graduate degree programs in art education,
Served as an adjunct college faculty member in teaching a dual-enrollment course at Burlington High School.
Collaborated with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and other state arts directors and department heads on creating crosswalks between the new national core arts standards and the state's 1997 standards.
Served as a team member in program reviews of Bedford, Weston, and Belmont public school art programs.
Fostered successful, continuing working relationships with art teachers, directors, and department heads throughout Massachusetts.
Shared responsibility for enhancing visibility of the arts and increasing awareness of the importance of the art program within the school community and the town.
Developed, maintain, and periodically revise art department website and facebook page.
Certified Massachusetts Art Teacher Grades K-12
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education
Fields: Art/Visual Art (5-12) (primary); Art/Visual Art (Pre K-9)
BOSTON UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS, Boston, Massachusetts
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Teaching, May 1994
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, magna cum laude, May 1988
Course in Web Design, Summer 2011
SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, Massachusetts
Course in Encaustic Painting, Fall 2010
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART, Boston, Massachusetts
Graduate Course in Computer Graphics, 1998
Graduate Course in Web Design, 1998
Graduate Course in Painting, 2001
Graduate Course in Children’s Book Illustration, 2002
Graduate Course in Introduction to Flash, 2007
Graduate Course in Intermediate Flash, 2007
Course in Painting: Personal and Powerful, 2010
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, Boston, Massachusetts
Graduate Course in Landscape Painting, 2007
FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Graduate Course in Supervision and Evaluation, 2007-2008
Graduate Course in Supervision and Evaluation II: Supervising the Low Performing and Needs Improvement Teacher, Fall 2014
“Feed Your Soul” Fellowship - Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, July 2010
Lecturer, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Boston, Massachusetts
Taught Introduction to Art Education to heterogeneous groups of BU's Fine Arts and School of Education students for three semesters
Syllabus, curriculum and course website:
Fall 2013: https://sites.google.com/a/bu.edu/introduction-to-art-education-fall-2013/
Spring 2014: https://sites.google.com/a/bu.edu/introduction-to-art-education-spring-2014/
Visual Arts Program Coordinator, Fall 2014 - Present
BURLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Burlington, Massachusetts
Website for Burlington Public School's Art Program: http://bpsk12art.weebly.com/
Website for Burlington High School Art & Design Program: www.burlingtonhighschoolart.org
Develop program goals
Supervise and evaluate eleven teachers
Art Department Head, Fall 2005 - Present
BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, Burlington, Massachusetts
Website for Burlington High School Art & Design Program: http://burlingtonhighschoolart.weebly.com/
Developed program goals
Supervised and evaluated four teachers
Art Teacher, Fall 2002 – Present
BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, Burlington, Massachusetts
Teach Graphic Design, Portfolio and AP Studio Art
Taught Design (a foundation course), Illustration & Comic Art, Animation, Photography, Digital Arts,
Communication Arts I and II, Graphic Design I, II, and III, Digital Publishing
Co-designed and co-taught interdisciplinary elective: A World of Ideas
Co-taught Writing and Illustrating for Comics as summer enrichment course
Co-Advisor of Collab, the school’s award winning magazine of art and literature, 2003-2009
Advisory Board Member of the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards, 2002-Present
Cooperating Teacher (for Boston University), Fall 2003, Spring 2005, 05-06, 07-08, 09-10
Interviewer for Art All-State, 2005-2007, 2009
National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers, 2005/2006
Art Teacher (Temporary Position), Winter – Spring 2002
ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL, Andover, Massachusetts
Taught Foundation Studio and Ceramics courses
Art Teacher, 1994-2001
FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL, Franklin, Massachusetts
Taught Art 1 (CP and Honors), Art 2D, Drawing (CP and Honors), Art 3D (CP and Honors),
Photography, Animation (Honors), Murals, and Portfolio (Honors) courses
Taught Art Workshop Intensive course as summer enrichment for students in grades 6-12
Academic Decathlon Faculty Advisor, 1999-2001
Art Club Faculty Co-Advisor, 1994-2000
Variety Show Faculty Co-Advisor, 1999-2001
Organized and co-directed over one-hundred students in Franklin High School’s variety show
Yearbook Faculty Advisor, 1997-1999
Cooperating Teacher (for Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art), 1996-2001
Professional Development Committee, 1994-1996
Interviewer for Art All-State, 1996-1999
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1996
Art Teacher, 1996-1997
WORCESTER ART MUSEUM, Worcester, Massachusetts
Taught Cartooning and Drawing and Painting
Art Teacher, 1995
WALNUT HILL COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL, Natick, Massachusetts
Conducted art classes for children at a camp run by the New England Conservatory of Music
Art Teacher, 1993
SATURDAY SUCCESS SCHOOL (BOSTON LATIN HIGH SCHOOL), Boston, Massachusetts
Taught art elective in enrichment program
Creative Work Experience
“ART OF THE FUTURE” AT WILLIAM SCOTT GALLERY, Summer 2011
Exhibition of figurative work by students in art colleges in the region
Web Designer, 2011 - 2014
BOSTON FIGURATIVE ART CENTER, Somerville, Massachusetts
Owner/Artist, 2000 - Present
OFF THE WALL MURALS, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Petal & Leaf Mural, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 2000
Voted Best Mural in Jamaica Plain by readers of The Jamaica Plain Gazette, 2000, ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ’04
Inspired Views, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts, June 6 - July 2, 2016
Somerville Open Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts, 2011 (as part of Boston Figurative Art Center)
Cambridge Street Gallery, Burlington, Massachusetts, 2011 (High School Faculty Exhibition)
Art...Antiques...Etcetera, West Newton, Massachusetts, 2001-2002
Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999, 2000, 2010
Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988
Blessings - CD package design, 2009
Songs for Sibusiso: Children’s Songs to Benefit Children in South Africa - CD jacket art, 2004
Exploring Visual Design: Studio Resource Binder (Davis Publications) - Consultant/Contributor, 2000
Other Work Experience
THE PINE STREET INN, Boston, Massachusetts
Accessed and coordinated state, federal, and other agencies to service residents of a homeless shelter. Provided security measures in the shelter
Downtown Crossing Outreach Liaison, Summer 1993
Served as liaison between shelter providers and area businesses in aiding homeless street people.
Outreach Van, 1991-1992
Provided nightly aid to homeless men and women on the streets of Boston.
Transported homeless men and women to shelters. Accessed agencies to provide services for these men and women.
Housing Search Coordinator, 1991
Sought subsidies, elderly housing, and low-income rentals for clients of Fort Point Shelter
Weekend Supervisor, 1990
Oversaw the operation during the day of a homeless shelter with a resident population of up to two hundred men, five or more regular staff members, and volunteers
Residential Staff, 1990
COMMUNITY HUMAN SERVICES, Lexington, Massachusetts
Provided support to mentally ill men and women in a residential setting
Teacher's Aide, 1989
THE MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND, Brookline, Massachusetts
Taught daily living skills to physically and mentally handicapped children