As both a language arts and social studies instructor, Anthony Angelini’s broad range of abilities enables him to extend his reach and enrich his curriculum by weaving together literacy and history. At New Oxford Middle School, he teaches two classes of each subject to 7th grade students, who range from at-risk to highly gifted.
Angelini uses in-depth lesson plans and research-based practices, such as extensive working time in collaborative pairs. He has also created a special technical training program for 7th graders, and writes a weekly newsletter to stay in touch with students and parents during off hours. Angelini uses tools such as Moodle and Google Apps for Education to make the most of every moment - both in the classroom and beyond it. All of these initiatives have produced consistent growth for Angelini’s students on summative assessments like the PSSAs. Several of his students have also won local Veterans of Foreign Wars awards for writing.
In both school and district, Angelini works to make critical changes. At New Oxford Middle School, he serves as the social studies department curriculum leader. He also mentors new teachers, integrates Pennsylvania core standards of literacy into the history curriculum, and is on the school improvement team, working to expand the use of technology in the classroom. District committee involvement has included the Learning-Focused Schools steering committee, the differentiated supervision committee and the Student Learning Objectives (SLO) pilot cohort. In addition, Angelini served as the President of the Conewago Valley Education Association in order to be a voice for all teachers and the students they serve.
Angelini successfully applied for a Target field trip grant so his students could travel to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. He has also taught outside of school hours at New Oxford High School’s Warrior Academy for at-risk students, at a summer technology camp, and is adjunct instructor at Gettysburg College and guest lecturer at Wilson College. He is co-author of “100 Experiential Learning Activities for Social Studies, Literature and the Arts.”
But above all, Angelini’s students look up to him and he reaches out to be a part of their lives. They are said to ask for recommendations well into their post-graduate years. While one former student invited Angelini to his Eagle Scout ceremony so that he could see the impact he’d made, another, an at-risk student, joined the Young Marines because of his teacher’s guidance.
Angelini holds a 2006 Bachelor of Arts in history from Gettysburg College, and a 2014 Master of Education from Shippensburg University.