John  Sullivan

Barnstable High School
Hyannis, Massachusetts
Total years as a classroom teacher: 25

“I’ve always thought of myself as a cheerleader, who gets students
worked up over an assignment or project, gives them the information on
how to do it and then steps back to see what happens. I have been
blessed with some very good results.” – John Sullivan

John tries not to look at his students as “his accomplishments”
because they succeeded with their own talent. He was simply the one who
saw talent in them that they did not know they had and pushed them in
the right direction.

He approaches teaching with the philosophy that hard work and dedication pay off.

“If you live long enough, you might be lucky to meet one person who
actually can be described by the term “larger than life.” I’ve been a
teacher for 26 years, and no colleague of the hundreds I have known
comes close to the connotations of that term – except John Sullivan.”
–Edward O’Toole, Colleague

“An exceptional teacher, by example, shows students how to go above
and beyond just what is required. An exceptional teacher cares about
students outside the school day. An exceptional teacher brings his or
her passion for the subject into the classroom. John Sullivan is such a
teacher.” — C. L. Fornari, Parent of Former Students

“John Sullivan’s world is a wonderful world to be a part of, and I am
very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be his student. There is
more to tell, but in short: John is exactly the kind of teacher that
every student should have, and that every teacher should aspire to be.”
–Andrew Rapo, Former Student



Animation, California Institute for the Arts


MFA Teaching, Massachusetts College of Art


Film Studies, British Film Institute/ University of Sterling


BFA Illustration, Massachusetts College of Art

Teaching Experience

1978- present

Art Teacher, Drama Coach, Art and Cartooning I, II, III, Stage Craft,
Drawing, Illustration, Ceramics I, II, III, Sculpture, Arts and Crafts
I, II, Theater, and Play Production – Barnstable School District,
Hyannis, MA

Special Recognition

Barnstable High School Drama Coub was chosen by
Warner Bros Studio from 200 schools to be the starts of a reality series
High Drama: Against all OZ.
Distinguished Community Leadership in Support of the Arts Award – the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
Named the best drama program in the Northeast and one of the 5 best in the country – Stage Craft Magazine.


Barnstable Public Schools Contributions to the Barnstable High Performing Arts Center and the Production of the Wizard of Oz


Association for Community Theater Excellence for Dedicated Service to Community Theater

1979 – Present

Barnstable Public Schools Commendation for Work with the Drama Club