There's never a dull day in Frank Iannucci Jr.'s math class. With his gung-ho attitude and imagination, Iannucci makes math into something engaging and fun for students.
A model math teacher, he works with 100 Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students to accelerate student learning and propel students to envision college in their future. One of his AVID students was selected to speak at a national conference in Florida, where she attributed her success to Iannucci. He also formed the National Math Honor Society at West Orange, now 100 members strong. Following his motto, “Learn to know and not to test,” students participate in math hide-and-seek, crime case studies and algebra blogs. Iannucci utilizes innovative tools such as podcasts, SMART Boards, Webquests and graphing calculators, and regularly tutors students--even on Sundays. The extra work shows: His pupils consistently score high on exams, with 99 percent passing his class. Ninety-six percent go to college.
An advocate for the teaching profession, Iannucci chairs the Future Educators of America club and co-chairs the Junior State of America club and the Middle States Planning Committee. He also co-chairs the math department and the math team, whose students engage in competitions to win scholarships. Iannucci is the go-to person for school administration and wrote the school’s curricula for algebra, Java and AP computer science. In addition to his instructional duties, Iannucci coordinates parent meetings for AVID students and attends extracurricular functions.
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