My name is Anthony Lisi and I am so excited to be writing for this blog! Since I was little, I knew that I wanted to work with children. When adults would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would reply by saying that I wanted to be a “kid doctor”. I guess that is where I ended up in a sense because the end result is that I am helping children.
My path to teaching began by working with children at summer basketball camps in high school. I loved being able to instill my knowledge and love of the game into children that had just picked up a ball. As a junior in high school, I began to assist my friend’s father in coaching a 7th grade boys basketball team. At that point, I was hooked. I knew that I wanted to be a coach, and ultimately, a teacher.
While finishing up my undergraduate degree, I began work as a counselor at a morning and after school program in the area I grew up. The appeal to this program was that it was curriculum based; I was not just a “glorified babysitter” for three hours a day as is the case with most morning and after school programs. I was able to lead groups in math, science, technology, and cooking, amongst other subjects. While working at this program, I was also able to coach 8th grade and 7th grade basketball teams in two separate years. These two experiences fueled my passion for educating children and I knew that I wanted to devote my life to teaching.
Upon moving down to New York City last summer, I began work at The Parkside School as a shadow teacher. I worked in two classes last year to help manage behaviors and support both the teachers and the students within the classrooms. I had no idea what to expect, as this was my first true experience in special education. Once again however, I was absolutely hooked. I loved working with these students because of all the little “victories” that can be celebrated every single day.
Currently, I teach in a first grade self-contained classroom and I am loving the experience. I wake up excited and enthusiastic to come to work every day. In addition, I am enrolled in the Childhood Special Education program at Hunter College with a focus in behavior disorders.On Saturdays, I teach basketball to 3 and 4 year olds at the DRIBBL basketball program. Even though some days feel longer than others, I know that I have made the right career choice. I look forward to sharing any insights, stories, and opinions with all of you and I look forward to contributing to this blog!