Biography 

     I believe in making the world better by making learning better through writing and illustrating better kids' books. My books include activities that connect readers to each other and the story. They are usually in a playful rhyme and embrace diversity.

     I develop teaching tools that are mind/body activities based on state of the art research in neuroscience and psychology. My hands-on project and arts based methods are designed for effective and efficient long term understanding.

     I was brought up in a family of artists and entrepreneurs so the arts have been important throughout my life. For my undergraduate education I was honored to study art with an emphasis in sculpture and a minor in humanities in the inspiring environment at San Francisco State University. I went on to earn two teaching credentials and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Chapman University in its excellent education program.

     I gained valuable experience as a full-time public high school art teacher for ten years and have taught all grade levels over my 15+-year career as an educator. For most of my life I have enjoyed writing and illustrating my own stories and poems. Currently, I am a PhD student at the California Institute of Integral Studies researching why the arts exist.

NEWS
August - December 2019
PhD Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Transformative Studies
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA USA
August 2019
Winner: Amateur Poetry, 2nd and 5th place
Napa Town & Country Fair, Napa, CA USA
July 2019
Winner :Haiku, 2nd place and Poetry Any Other, 5th place
Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA USA
June 2019 
Winner Unpublished Work, 3rd place
Solano County Fair, Vallejo, CA USA
March - May 2019
PhD Teaching Assistant, Comprehensive Exam: Essay-Dissertation Literature
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA USA
May 2019
Invited Children;s Poetry Presenter
Grattan Elementary School, San Francisco, CA USA
May 2019
Invited Children's Poetry Presenter
Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School, San Francisco, CA USA
(formerly Chinese Education Center)
March 2019
Invited Reader of My Original Poetry
Verses, Voices, & Visions Launch Party, JFK Library, Vallejo, CA USA
December 2018
Original Poem Performance
Benecia Literary Arts Ekphrastic Poetry Event, Benecia CA, USA
September 2019
Presenter on Education for All Subjects Using the Arts
Women Rising Conference, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA USA
September 2018 - present
Member
Vallejo Poetry Society, Vallejo, CA, USA
September 2018
Sponsored Chalk Muralist
Chalk Art Festival, Wild and Free, Vallejo, CA, USA
September 2018
Children's Poetry Presenter
Unity Day, Vallejo, CA, USA
August 2018
Original Poems Accepted
Verses, Voices, & Visions of Vallejo: Poetry Anthology, Vallejo, CA, USA
August 2018 - January 2019
Toast Masters Member
Mare Island Toast Masters, Vallejo, CA, USA
August 2018
Original Children's Poetry Reading
Poetry at Rosanne's, open mic, Benecia, CA, USA
August 2018 - present
Bimonthly Original Children's Poetry Presenter
OZCAT Radio, Art Beat, D.J. Lala, Vallejo, CA, USA
August 2018 - present
Member Poet
Marin Poetry Center, Marin, CA, USA
July 2018 - present
Bimonthly Original Poetry Presenter
Poetry by the Bay, Vallejo, CA, USA
July 2018
Featured Children's Author/Illustrator Reading
High Sierra Music Festival, Family Village, Quincy, CA, USA
May 2018
Author/Illustrator Reading
John F. Kennedy Library, Preschool Story-time,Vallejo, CA, USA
May 2017
Invited Private Small Group Art Facilitator
An acrylic painting in an afternoon, Napa, CA, USA
January 2017
Invited Private Small Group Art Facilitator
An acrylic painting in an evening, Clear Lake, CA, USA
2005 - 2015
Visual Art Teacher (9.5 years) & Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair Person (3 years)

Cabrillo High School, Lompoc, CA, USA

October 2014
Contributing Artist
Girl: A Feminist Art Show, SmARTstudio, Sculpture, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
May 2014
Invitation Auction Donor
Shooting Star, Rita Goehner Annual Memorial Fundraiser, Pismo Beach Golf Course, Oil Pastel, Pismo Beach, CA, USA
 
March 2014
Contributing Artist
Mano Tinta Label Design Show and Contest, Talley Vineyards, Oil Pastel, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
2006-2014
CHS Studio Art Co-Curator Student Art Month
Grossman Gallery, Lompoc Public Library, Lompoc, CA, USA
 
December 2013
Featured Artist
American Oak Wholesales Furniture, Oil Pastels, Paso Robles, CA, USA
 
December 2013
Featured Artist
First Saturday’s Wine & Art, Clayhouse Winery Tasting Room, Oil Pastels, Paso Robles, CA, USA
 
October 2013
One Person Show
Open Studios Tour-South County, ArtsOBISPO, Grover Beach, CA, USA
 
July 2013
Featured Artist
Clover & Branch Floral Design Studio, Oil Pastels, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
June 2013
Featured Artist
Art After dark, The Gold Concept, Oil Pastels, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
May 2013
Invitation Benefit Auction Donor
Pacific Wildlife Care, Windows to Wildlife, oil pastel, Morro Bay, CA, USA
 
April 2013
Featured Artist
First Saturday’s Wine & Art, Grizzly Republic Tasting Room, oil pastels, Paso Robles, CA, USA
 
October 2012
One person show
Open Studio, oil pastel illustrations, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
2008 - 2010
Mural Project Director
Lompoc Valley in Bloom, Cabrillo High School/Vandenberg Village Rotary, Lompoc, CA, USA
 
2005 - 2010
CHS Art Night Coordinator
Miguelito Elementary School P.T.S.A Art Night, Lompoc, CA, USA
 
2005 - 2009
Lead Chalk Muralist and Team Coordinator
I Madonnari, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
2004 - 2006
Resident Artist
Sculpture, Secret Garden, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
2005-2006
Contributing Artist
“Future Echos”, University Center Gallery, photography, Halcyon, CA, USA
 
2005 & 2006
Children's Art Instructor
Live Oak Music Festival, Santa Barbara, CA USA
2005-2006
Featured Artist
Le Ciel Crepe Café, photography, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
2005
Enrichment Tutor
Lompoc Unified School District, Lompoc, CA, USA
2004-2005
Preschool Teacher
San Luis Obispo Child Development Center, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
2004
Guest Exhibitor
Jose Orosco Gallery, Sculpture, Cayucos, CA, USA
 
2003
Featured Artist
Tim McGee Insurance, photography, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
2003
Featured Artist
Call America, photography, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
2003
Contributing Artist
Davis Studios, Sculpture, Arroyo Grande, CA, USA
 
2003
Exhibiting Artist
San Luis Artists Gallery, Sculpture, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
2003
Contributing Artist
24 Hour Relay, Face Painter, Arroyo Grande, CA, USA
 
1999
Performance Contributor
Amorphic Robot Works, kinetic robotic Sculpture, San Francisco, CA, USA
 
1998 & 1999
Exhibiting Artist
Stillwell Fine Art Gallery, Sculpture, San Francisco, CA, USA
Fields of Expertise
Writing
Poetry
Art
Education
Public Speaking
Entrepreneurship
Diversity
Inclusion
Activism
Social Media
Efficiency
Organization
Systems
Problem Solving
Retail
Accounting
Theoretical Research
Health
Nutrition
Food Service Industry
Yoga
Consulting
Training
Innovation
Culture Critic
Philosophy

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Gina Rizzo
Author. Artist. Educator