When Christina Antico discovered Franklin, she was delighted to learn that she identified with our School’s philosophy and commitment to hands-on learning, and we’re excited that she’s joined our team and Math Department.
Bringing a high level of energy to everything she does, Ms. Antico especially enjoyed meeting with parents at our Spring Meet & Greet to share her enthusiasm for what’s to come when Franklin opens in just a few short months. We sat down with her to learn more about her passion for teaching, what she looks forward to bringing to the classroom, and her love of New Jersey!
Please tell us a bit about your background.
I was born and raised on Long Island. I received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, and a master’s in educational technology from Long Island University. Since 2017, I have taught math at a Brooklyn middle school across all grades, as well as grade 9 Regents-level courses, and in every classroom setting (general education, honors, self-contained, integrated, and English as a New Language).
How has your career path led to Franklin?
I fell in love with Hoboken the first time I visited in 2019 and moved there in 2020. After teaching at the middle school level for several years, I wanted to pursue a new opportunity at the high school level while also looking for a position closer to home. It was on my daily commute from Hoboken to Brooklyn that I discovered Franklin! I saw an attractive ad announcing the new school in the PATH train station and was intrigued. It prompted me to hop online and read about the School’s mission and I realized that it closely aligns with my own philosophy and values as an educator. I am eager to develop new ways to engage students through inquiry, discovery, and real-word application and finding out that Franklin embraces the same was a dream come true. I’m thrilled to be part of the Franklin team!
What do you love about teaching math?
I love teaching because I enjoy making connections with students and the role that an educator plays in helping to shape young minds. I love teaching math because it seems to be either a student’s favorite subject or their worst nightmare — my role is to fuel their fire or help them realize it’s not as bad as they fear! Math allows you to be creative in your problem solving. Math is also a universal language. Last year, I taught the “Welcome Class” at my former school for a group of students relatively new to the U.S. While there was a total of seven different languages spoken in the room, we were always able to communicate through numbers.
Additionally, while I hadn’t pictured myself in a sixth-grade classroom when I started teaching, life has a funny way of working out. Teaching younger students has helped me cultivate a keen ability to break down fundamental mathematical concepts into easy-to-understand, bite-sized pieces. I believe that my previous experience will be an asset when assessing and connecting my students’ prior knowledge to new advanced content. Math problems rarely have one path or solution, just as students don’t learn in one single way. My passion is figuring out the different strategies necessary to help every student!
How will you incorporate technology into your curriculum?
Refined technological skills are vital in today’s rapidly changing world. The tactical integration of technology within the math classroom can drastically increase engagement, foster collaboration, accommodate multiple learning styles, and prepare students for the future. From a young age, it’s important for students to be shown all the ways that technology can be used to enhance their academic and personal lives. I plan on developing a hands-on curriculum, alongside my colleagues and students, which makes math concepts come alive through technology and real-world application.
As a NJ resident, what do you love most about the community?
I love the diversity of our area, the sense of unity, and all the amazing people I’ve met here. At Franklin’s Parent Meet & Greet, so many Jersey City natives were beaming with pride for their community and it made me even more excited to be a part of it. I also enjoy our proximity to New York City — my absolute favorite place in the world!
What excites you the most about Franklin opening this fall?
I am most excited to meet our students and to take part in welcoming the very first class of Franklin Tigers! I believe that all of the faculty and staff have been afforded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to truly contribute to the development of this institution and create a legacy that will follow for years to come. I am also thrilled to be a part of a team of like-minded individuals whose goal is finding the best ways to inspire tomorrow’s great leaders and innovators.
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