Randy William Granger

Art, Head of Visual Arts, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
Total years as a classroom teacher: 34

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  • American Council on Education Board Certification EAYA/Art, 2004
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education Instructional II Certificate 2004
  • NBPTS Board Certification 2000
  • The University of the Arts Graduate Work 1996-2001
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Graduate Work in 1978-1979
  • New York University Graduate Work in Fine Arts 1973-1974
  • Newark State College Graduate Work in Education 1972
  • NJ State Department of Education Permanent Certification 1972
  • U.S. Navy Photography School Photography Certification 1970
  • PA State Department of Education Instructional I Certificate 1970
  • Philadelphia College of Art BFA in Art Education 1966-1970
  • Philadelphia Museum College of Art Pre-college Professional Program 1965

Teaching Experience

  • 2004-Present Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2003-2004 Instructor of Design, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1999-Present The “Design for Thinking,” Teaching Institute at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1981-Present Chair Visual Arts Department, Grades K-12, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1975-Present Grades 9-12 Visual Arts, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1974-1975 Grades 10-12 Department of Photography Founding Chair, Summit Public Schools, New Jersey
  • 1972-1973 Grades 7-12 Visual Arts, Summit Public Schools, PA
  • 1970-1972 Training and Education Officer, U.S. Submarine Force
  • 1969-1970 Grades 10-12 Visual Arts, Philadelphia Parkway Program, Philadelphia, PA

Special Recognition

  • 2005 USA TODAY’s All-USA Teacher Team
  • 2005 Disney Award
  • 2004 Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year Award—2005, National Art Education Association
  • 2004 Permanent Patent Awarded for “Dignified Broad Footprint Beach Wheelchair”
  • 2004 Elected President of Pennsylvania Art Education Association
  • 2004 The National Teachers Hall of Fame Finalist
  • 2004 Inducted to Point Pleasant Beach Public Education Foundation Hall of Fame
  • 2004 Received Joint Legislative Resolution from state of New Jersey
  • 2004, 2000 Who’s Who Among American Teachers Award
  • 2003 Mentor Teacher and Design Educator-in-Residence Award
  • 2003 Appointed Statewide Supervisor Teacher as Artist in Residence Program
  • 2002-2004 President Elect Pennsylvania Art Education Association
  • 1998 Outstanding Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award from Pennsylvania Art Education Association
  • 1991 Outstanding Teacher Award from University of Chicago
  • Randy believes that success-centered classrooms are built from an
    atmosphere of trust, tested expectations, and respect and are defined by
    a feeling of safe haven for all individuals to grow toward success.
  • At the philosophical core of his approach to teaching and learning,
    is the belief that all things are possible and that intellectual and
    artistic growth can happen in individuals at any point in time.


“Mr. Granger’s teaching methods have profoundly affected the
lives of each of his students. Not only do they leave with a greater
understanding of art, but they leave with lasting memories of their time
spent with him.”

Christy Woody, Lizzie Munro, and Marc Gross, Students

“Randy’s career serves as an inspiration to others for its testimony
to dedication to students, commitment to personal and professional
growth, involvement with the intellectual development of one’s field,
and living out an example of a principled existence.”

Earl J. Ball III, Head of School