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Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: BFA: 2007 Clemson University MAT: 2008 Savannah College of Art and Design MFA in Photography Candidate: 2019 Savannah College of Art and Design Certifications: NBCT Early Adolescent and Young Adult Art Gifted and Talented AP Studio Art 2D, 3D, and Drawing
Mrs. Stephanie Shank
Stephanie Shank prides herself in being an art educator while maintaining a personal studio practice in photography, ceramic arts, graphic design, and painting. Mrs. Shank attended Clemson University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Ceramic Arts. Upon receiving her BFA, she continued her education at the Savannah College of Art and Design where she received her Master of Arts in Teaching. In 2015, she received her National Board Certification in Early Adolescent through Young Adult Art. Mrs. Shank will complete her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in May of 2019.
Mrs. Shank began her career in education in 2008, teaching at the Middle School level in Beaufort County. While with Beaufort County School District, Mrs. Shank served as a Fine Art Curriculum Mapping Facilitator and was a member of the Fine Arts Leadership Team. She also served on the screening committee for gifted and talented auditions and worked closely with the district Fine Arts Coordinator to coordinate the Sea Island School for Arts and Academics, a summer program developed to create art integrated learning experiences for gifted students. For the past eight years, Mrs. Shank has been on staff in the Fine Arts Department at Chapin High School teaching Photography, at all levels from beginner to advanced, as well as Interior Design, Studio Concentrations, Adobe Photoshop and Design Foundations. Mrs. Shank is a member of the Richland Lexington Five Fine Arts Leadership Team and serves as the district Visual Arts Lead Teacher. In the summer of 2017, Shank earned her Gifted and Talented Endorsement and Advanced Placement Certification from the College Board. She has presented curriculum for the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, South Carolina Art Educators Association, and for Richland Lexington Five School District.
Mrs. Shank is an advocate for technology integration in the classroom and works diligently as a Teacher Technology Leader to share her knowledge with her colleagues. Her students have received numerous awards, including two consecutive years at first place honors in Lexington Medical Centers’ Art of Healing competition, third place in Winthrop University’s statewide high school photography competition, the Congressional Art Award, various exhibitions at the Columbia Museum of Art, and yearly awards at the South Carolina State Fair and Chapin Celebrates the Arts. Mrs. Shank’s students never cease to amaze her when professionally displaying their work in the Chapin High School Museum of Student Art or in local and statewide competition.