Nikos Giannopoulos joined Beacon as a secondary inclusion teacher during the 2010-2011 school year. Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved to Rhode Island to participate in the Rhode Island Teaching Fellows program. Prior to teaching at Beacon, Mr. Giannopoulos attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a B.A. in History of Art & Architecture and French Literature with minors in Studio Art and Italian Language. While studying at the University of Rennes 2 – Upper Brittany, he gained experience teaching English as a foreign language to inner-city middle and high school students in Rennes, France. In addition to education, Nikos has substantial experience in the arts including working as a docent at the Andy Warhol Museum and as a Brackenridge Summer Research Fellow, studying Post-Industrial Architecture and Building Reuse in Pittsburgh. Mr. Giannopoulos is a firm believer that the arts, strong community engagement, and differentiated instruction are essential components of a positive learning environment. Beacon is proud to note that Mr. Giannopolous has been honored as the Rhode Island State Teacher of the Year for 2016/2017.