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Mr.  Brian  Tesoriero
Foreign Language
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Education

1984:  University of South Florida, Tampa, FL: Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language Education, Spanish and Italian

2003:  University of South Florida, Tampa, FL: Master's of Arts in Foreign Language Education. Spanish

2007:  National Board Certified Teacher, World Languages Other than English, Spanish

2009:  University of South Florida, Lakeland, FL: Master of Arts (Certificate) Educational Leadership

 



Experience

I have over twenty years of experience teaching Italian and Spanish in the states of New York, Florida and Georgia.  I have taught all levels of Spanish, ranging from Spanish I through Spanish VI.  In addition, I have taught Italian I through IV,  Throughout my career I have been able to bring Italian language studies to two schools, Citrus High School in Inverness, Florida and Fannin County High School in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  In 2007 I earned National Board Certification as a Spanish teacher.

I began teaching at Fannin County High School in the 2010-2011 school year.  Since arriving at FCHS I have started what is, perhaps, the only tri-lingual school newspaper in the country.  The newspaper has been named La Practica (The Practice) and offers student written articles in English, Spanish and Italian.  In addition, the summer of 2012 marked our first educational trip to Europe.  Our goal is to be able offer an educational tour to students every two years.

http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1760639UR

The link above will lead you to our specific EF Tours site which will give you specific information concerning the places we will visit and everything else that is included with the Fannin County High School tour to Greece and Italy in 2016.  You will see my name in the top right hand corner of the site



Bio

I was raised speaking English and Italian at home in Oswego, New York where my family owned and operated Tesoriero's Bakery.   The family business provided Italian bread to the local Italian community in the area.   At the age of twelve my parents retired and moved to Inverness, Florida where I graduated from high school in 1975 from Citrus High School.  After graduation from high school, I worked in new home construction mostly laying shingles, pouring concrete slabs and laying block walls.  After about six years of hard work, I decided I wanted to go to college and teach foreign languages. 

After teaching for nearly twenty years in Florida my wife, Christine, and I came across Blue Ridge during our travels in North Georgia.  We immediately fell in love with the beauty of the area.   However, more importantly, we recognized that our personal values and outlook on life was shared by the people of this wonderful community.  After waiting for nearly two years for a position to become available at Fannin County High I was able to interview for a foreign language opening and be hired for the 2010-2011 academic year.  I plan on never leaving our community and consider myself very blessed to have been hired to teach at FCHS.   

My personal goal is to help students maintain their traditional American values while learning to familiarize themselves with a foreign language and culture so that their new knowledge can enhance their personal and professional outlook for the future.  I find that students that have a background in foreign languages perform better on national and state standardized exams; have a leg up on getting into the college of their choice; and have better study skills along with better reasoning skills.  I also find that being able to communicate in a second or third language leads to enhanced pay when the student enters the workforce. 

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