Transformational Teaching in Tough Times Part 2 with Sia Kyriakakos

Episode 394 of the 10-Minute Teacher Show.

Baltimore teacher Sia Kyriakakos continues her powerful interview about transformative teaching in tough situations. Her art classroom is an incredible place to learn and connect.

Sia Kyriakakos

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Sia Kyriakakos’ Bio As Submitted


Sia Kyriakakos portrait in black copy

Passion, resilience, and perseverance are the end result of the relationships Ms.builds with her students. Athanasia Kyriakakos earned her MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, her teaching certification from Central Connecticut State University in 1995 and her BFA degree from The Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1991. While teaching in Baltimore and as an advocate for her colleagues, she has been a member of the Instructional Leadership Team, a Student Learning Objectives District Ambassador, a Baltimore Teachers

Union mentor and Union Learning Representative, and in 2015, a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Teacher Leaders program. She serves on the State of Maryland’s External Stakeholder Committee for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Ms. Kyriakakos was 2016/17 Baltimore City Teacher of the Year, the 2017 Maryland State Teacher of the Year and one of Four National Finalist for the TOY title. Additionally, she is on the programming committee of Arts Everyday, The State of Maryland’s Arts School Portfolio Committee, and was on the Baltimore City Public School’s High School Curriculum Writing Committee. As a world-renowned artist, Ms. Kyriakakos represented Greece in the 50th Venice Biennale; created artwork for the XXVIII Olympic Games in Athens, Greece; in 2000 received a Fulbright Fellowship; and received awards from the Deste Foundation in Greece and from the UNESCO Foundation. In 2018 she was awarded The Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship from the State department and The Fulbright for Distinguished Teachers Award, both awards seek to promote global competencies in education and world peace.

Twitter: @siakyriakakos

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