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John Tasevoli is a passionate and experienced art educator who brings a spirit of creativity and open-ended problem-solving to his classroom.  He was trained at leading institutions including the Maryland Institute and College of Art, the Art Students League of New York and completed post-graduate studies in art and design education at the Pratt Institute.


In addition to teaching, John Tasevoli continues to produce and exhibit artwork professionally, maintaining an active painting studio in New York.  Previously, he chaired the fine arts department at Manhattan East’s School for Arts and Academics and from 2006 has proudly served as a member of the Lycée Français de New York's distinguished faculty.


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Art Teaching

September 2006 -

Fine Art Faculty, Professeur d'arts plastiques

Lycée Français de New York

Senior art and design instructor in grades 6th through 12th, with additional teaching responsibilities within the advanced art option, cinema and photography programs, project- based learning initiatives, technology integration, advisory program and yearbook.


Responsible for preparing secondary art students for the competitive French Baccalaureate and portfolio review each spring.  Senior portfolios have been accepted at elite art colleges including the Cooper Union, RISD, Yale, the Pratt Institute, MICA, Chicago Institute, CalArts and les Écoles des Beaux-Arts in France

September 2002 - June 2006

Art Teacher, Chair Arts Department

New York Department of Education

Served as a middle school art instructor for both general and special needs populations at the Manhattan East School for Arts and Academics.  Led the arts department in addition to serving as Region 9's arts coordinator.

June 2000 - September 2002

Museum Docent, Volunteer

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Conducted 6-week art history classes for NYC public school primary students. Trained in the museum's permanent collection and responsible for leading on-site museum tours.

Awards and Fellowships

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Awards & Fellowships

March, 2020

Outstanding Art Educator Award

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

2020   NYC Regional Gold Keys (9)

2019   American Vision Award

2019   National Gold Keys (2),  NYC Regional Gold Keys (10)

2018   National Gold Key

2018   NYC Regional Gold Key Portfolio, Gold Keys (2)

2017   National Gold Key, NYC Regional Gold Keys

2016   NYC Regional Gold Key

2015   NYC Regional Gold Keys (2)

2014   NYC Regional Gold Key

2013   National Gold Key, NYC Regional Gold Keys (3)

June, 2013

Research Fellowship Grant Recipient

Lycée Français, New York

Awarded the Lycée's inaugural research fellowship, launched to advance the Lycée's commitment to pedagogical innovation. Winning research design explored best practices of the"flipped classroom"

March, 2011

Guggenheim Fellowship, Learning Through Art

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Nominated to help design and implement best practices and key findings from the Guggenheim's Art of Problem Solving study (2006), The Learning Through Art program followed up on an AEMDD grant from the United States Department of Education to study the links between participation in LTA and the development of problem-solving skills among fifth-grade students.

May, 2006

CEI School Leadership Award

The Center for Educational Innovation, New York

Honoring high performing public school arts programs and their respective school leaders

Summer, 2002

Robotics Design Symposium

MIT MediaLab & Pratt Institute

Invited to represent the Pratt Institute in an interdisciplinary forum between the MIT MediaLab and Pratt Institute to investigate the potential uses of autonomous machines within art and design education.

December, 2001

NYTimes Literacy Grant Recipient

The New York Times

Winning grant investigated the parallel development of literacy and drawing skills among a 2nd grade population in Brooklyn, NY.


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Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY

M.Ed. Art Education

The Arts Students League, New York, NY

Painting and Drawing

American University, Washington D.C.

BA International Studies

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Summer Intensive Studio Art


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Professional Experience

September 2013 - 2016

NYASIS Steering Committee Member

Lycée Français de New York

Supported the Lycée's 10-year NYSAIS re-accreditation process, taking the lead in the arts and technology departments.

September 2012 - 

Artist-in-Residence Committee Member

Lycée Français de New York

Chartered with implementing a school-wide artist-in-residency program, designed to seek out unique opportunities for students to engage with professional artists, in a range of artistic disciplines.

September 2015 - 

Service Learning Trip Leader

Lycée Français de New York

Co-led four school service learning trips to La Maison des Affections, a rural orphanage in Central Vietnam.

September 2008 - 2019

Technology Integrator

Lycée Français de New York

Named a faculty leader to investigate new educational technologies, make recommendations and implement best practices within the Lycée's pedagogical team.

September 2004 - 2006

Co-Chair, School Leadership Team

Manhattan East School for Arts and Academics

Co-chaired School Leadership Team with responsibilities for strategic school-wide decisions including budgeting, hiring of staff, PASS review compliance, infrastructure programs, State and City test compliance/ analysis and fundraising activities.

September 2003 - 2006

Arts Coordinator, Region 9

New York City Department of Education, New York

Appointed school-wide arts representative at the district level

Technical Skills

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Technical Skills

Graphic Design and Illustration

Skilled in the Adobe CC Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom

Photography, Film-making and Editing

Experienced in a wide range of digital camera and audio platforms, in addition to both Adobe Premiere and Final Cut editing suites


Google certification in G Suite, Google Classroom and Apps, Microsoft Office Suite

Print Publication

Professional graphic design background and current faculty yearbook advisor 2019-2020 Lycée yearbook


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December 19, 2019

October16, 2019

June 11, 2019

May 10, 2019

January15, 2019

May 23, 2018

June 27, 2016

May 4, 2016

April 25, 2015

March 26, 2015

February 28, 2015

November 21, 2014

September 18, 2014

December 6, 2013

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