By Devon Geary
Mr. Paterno is a new teacher to Suncoast Polytechnical High School. He teaches U.S. history, and this is his third year teaching a history class, which is a subject he thoroughly enjoys. He has also taught eight years of English, making him well informed and knowledgeable about the strong connection the two subjects can have. He includes that in his teaching methods through DBQs and PowerPoint presentations. While he has taught both history and English, he feels that teaching history makes more of an impact and is more interesting to the majority of the students, mainly U.S. history because it discusses the past and where we are today. Mr. Paterno went to Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut for college, and last year taught at South East High School in Manatee County. He came to teach at Polytech because it was closer to home, a much better school, and the opportunities this school offers were more beneficial. He’s very happy with the new students he’s teaching and likes the support the administration and other teachers provide to new teachers, and the more manageable classroom sizes.
By Keira Geary
Mrs. Trubert is new to Suncoast Polytechnical High School, replacing Mr. Short as an Algebra I and Algebra II teacher. She’s located in the ninth-grade quad. She previously taught math at the Florida Preparatory Academy, an international school. Starting out in college majoring in mechanical engineering, she then started tutoring other students in math, which made her realize she enjoyed teaching math and lead to switching her major and pursing a teaching career.
When asked why she came to Polytech, her reply was that “[She] wanted a small school where tech was a piece”. A school that focused on technology and encouraged the use of it rather than paper was a pull factor, along with the greater use of the active board and OneNote. She was also asked about her opinion of the school itself and the students. She really loves it and has found the students are very similar to the ones at her previous school, and everyone has been very welcoming and positive towards her.
By Bella Ocasio
In the room that once belonged to the meme-ing history teacher, Mr. Hickman, now works Dr. DiTucci, also known as DiTucci the Great. Dr. DiTucci teaches World History Honors and AP World History for sophomores. He was in pre-law for four years until he decided to go to grad school at Nicholls State University. From there, he went to University of Louisiana for his master’s degree, and then Western University for his PhD in history. Before he completed his journey in college, Dr. DiTucci worked in IT for the history department at Western University for several years. Then he taught at multiple colleges, including the New College of Florida where he taught Viking history. Polytech seemed like a great fit when the opportunity came to him, and that is how he has come to work at our outstanding school today!
Upon being asked whether or not a hot-dog in a bun is a sandwich, Dr. DiTucci stated that not only is a hot-dog a sandwich – but so is a taco. Surely, the wise man with a PhD must be trusted in this statement.