Charleston Charter School for Math and Science
Name: Michael Stagliano, interim principal.
Family: We have three grown children. Our youngest is in the Upstate, and our older twin daughters live in San Jose, Calif.
Experience: I began my career as a special education teacher teaching deaf and hearing-impaired children in a residential facility in New York state. From there, I went on to teach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I have held elementary, middle and high school principalships and successfully served as a superintendent of schools for 15 years in Illinois.
Education: B.S. degree, State University of New York, Fredonia, N.Y.; Master of Education, Western Maryland College (McDaniel College), Westminster, Md.; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and I also earned a certificate of advanced graduate studies in educational finance from Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.
Why I wanted to go into education: My desire to pursue education as a career was primarily motivated by a genuine desire to inspire children to enjoy learning and to demonstrate to disadvantaged, minority and special populations of students that they, too, can succeed by way of education, which is colorblind and gender neutral.
Something Iíve always wanted to learn: Seeing that language is the key to more fully understanding the cultures of the world, I have harbored a secret desire to learn Chinese.
Something most people donít know about me: I am a twin and have identical twin daughters.
Something important life has taught me: Never give up pursuing a worthwhile goal no matter how difficult the journey may be. Persistence has overcome the greatest of obstacles. Do not let others doubt your abilities, and surround yourself with upbeat and positive individuals and friends.
A specific goal for this year: I have only been on campus a matter of hours, however my background research has led me to begin to lay the groundwork for a truly vibrant learning atmosphere where all students are intrinsically motivated not only to achieve but to genuinely enjoy learning by problem solving in a team atmosphere.
Contact info: mstagliano@charleston mathscience.org or 720-3085.