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Apr 07

Wigu Heroes Spotlight: Educator Nicholas Ferroni

Nick Ferroni for Wigu Publishing | www.WhenIGrowUpBooks.comNicholas Ferroni is a revered educator and historian who mentors his mostly lower-income students with deep personal commitment and care. This former actor turned teacher, writer, and host was recently named one of the 100 most influential people in America for his commitment to education reform as well as developing a “Teach the Truth” campaign to incorporate more minority figures and groups into the high school social studies curriculum.

We are honored to share a bit more of Mr. Ferroni’s story in this Wigu Heroes Spotlight. Herewith, his answers to our questions…
Q. What inspired you to a career in education?

A. I have always been fortunate to have amazing and inspirational educators, from Mrs. Martino, my kindergarten teacher, to Mr. Caliguire and Mr. “Weez,” my history teachers. My grandfather instilled an appreciation for history, and, as a child, Indiana Jones was my hero. I thought teaching history would be all about adventures and fighting evil… it’s not that far off.

Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve thus far faced during the course of your career as a teacher?

A. Year after year, I meet so many amazing young adults, who have endless potential, but just lack the resources and support needed to succeed. Before a student will learn, they have to have their basic needs met and they have to know that someone does genuinely care and believe in them. Students who are loved at home, come to school to learn, and students who aren’t, come to school to be loved.

Q. What is the biggest lesson you have learned during the course of your career?

A. That there are so many incredible educators, who give their hearts, souls and knowledge to their students every day, but, for some reason, they are demonized in the media and blamed for educations shortcomings. The teachers are not the problem.

Q. What would you advise young people who dream of a career in education?

A. There is no more gratifying profession on the planet than teaching, but, if you don’t want to be a teacher with your entire being, you will not be able to last. You have to be willing to nurture before you can educate. The world needs more educators.

Q. If you could choose any other career, what would it be? 

A. Honestly, if I wasn’t a history teacher I would be an art teacher. But, if I had to choose something outside of education I would be a firefighter.

Q. Any other information or stories you would like to share with our readers?

A. Children are our most valuable natural resource and education is the only investment from which everyone benefits. You would be surprised what a child is capable of when they know that someone believes in them.

Inspired? We are. Thank you Mr. Ferroni! Follow Nick on Twitter.

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