Anthony Panico, M.S. Gr. 7 & Science & Religion
Anthony holds a Master of Science in Environmental Education. He loves instilling a sense of environmental awareness and a sense of respect and gratitude for the natural world from a Christian perspective. This is what he is most looking forward to as a teacher at OLM Prep.
As an experienced, certified educator, Anthony has been a middle school teacher for several years. Before joining OLM Prep, he was at Our Lady of Victory School in West Haven for five years, teaching science, geography and history. Prior to that he taught in two different teaching assignments in Branford and New Haven. Anthony says, “It is a privilege and an honor to be part of this lifetime opportunity; to be at the forefront of a newly designed and thriving school.”
By having seventh grade as a homeroom and teaching science and religion to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, his aim is to create a classroom that fosters academic and social discipline, values community relations, employs critical thinking and scientific exploration, and features active, student-centered learning. Anthony states, “It will indeed be exciting to enthusiastically and creatively share my pedagogical knowledge in addition to building upon and extending the curriculum through engagement of practices and programs that adhere to the Next Generation Science Standards.”
After five years of teaching in a middle school setting, Anthony’s philosophy for a productive and successful learning environment is to have a busy classroom with students’ eager anticipation of what’s next to come. Skills are emphasized, strengths are praised, and weaknesses are viewed as opportunities for making effective adjustments. Since no two classes or even teaching positions are exactly the same, Anthony has developed and utilized a wide selection of instructional and assessment strategies and materials. Instructional methods, in addition to books, include technology-based activities, individual and group projects, presentations, and graphic organizers. In addition, Anthony’s above-mentioned methods will help him to differentiate students' learning abilities. He agrees with Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, so he will seek to incorporate learning and assessment exercises that target the diverse learning styles of his students.
OLM Prep is thrilled to have Mr. Anthony Panico as one of our dynamic teachers on staff.