Antoni grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was fortunate to have a number of inspiring teachers through his middle and high school years. These mentors and guides inspired him to eventually volunteer to teach English as a Second Language (ELA) to immigrants at a local church, a first taste of teaching that has never left. Antoni earned double bachelor degrees from the University of Minnesota in business marketing and African-American & African studies. Immediately after graduating, he was selected to be an English teaching assistant through the Fulbright Program in Valencia, Venezuela. He taught phonetics & phonology, translation, U.S. history, and TOEFL preparation courses at the Universidad Arturo Michelena for one academic year. Upon his return to the U.S., Antoni joined Teach For America. He taught 6th grade (self-contained, all subjects) at Roberto Clemente Middle School in North Philadelphia for one year, and then taught 10th and 11th grade mathematics at Olney High School for two years. At the same time, he completed a master's degree of science in education and became certified to teach middle and high school mathematics, social studies, and Spanish in the state of Pennsylvania. Feeling a desire to explore the world and experience teaching in another country, Antoni moved to France where he taught English at Université Jean Monnet in Saint-Étienne for two years and at Université Bordeaux Montaigne in Bordeaux for three years. He also taught mathematics (5th - 11th grade), STEM (5th - 8th grade), computer science (5th - 8th grade), and civic education (5th - 8th grade) for four years at Bordeaux International School.
Teaching Philosophy & Approach:
My philosophy of education is that learning is a lifelong endeavor that never stops. This learning is not just measured in academic development, but also in social and personal development. It occurs not just in the classroom, but also through experience in the real world. This idea of lifelong learning connects with my strong belief in continuous improvement and the fact that we can all learn from our and others’ experience to constantly strive to get better at everything we do. This belief is true not only for all students, but for teachers, parents, and the community. We are all lifelong learners and this means that we have the capacity and opportunity to continuously improve, no matter our background, age, or previous experience. As I learn something every day to become a better teacher, I expect the same from my students and peers. Education is a process that lasts our entire lives, not just the time we are in school. Consequently, we can always improve and get better. As a math teacher, my goal is to get my students to love math and appreciate how important it is in our daily lives. Math is everywhere and there is nothing in this world that isn't connected to math in some way. I believe that one of the core values of math is that it teaches us how to work on multi-step problems, which is a skill that is useful throughout one’s academic and professional career and in one's personal life. I'm passionate about math and I'm motivated to build that passion in my students.
- High School
- Learning Coach
- Full-Semester Classes
- Full-Year Classes
- Partial Year Classes (Mini Courses)
- U.S. History