Faculty Spotlight: Justin Tosco

Justin Tosco is a Director in Upper Elementary III with Liz Macaulay. He is entering his sixth year at MSR. He is pictured above with his wife, Peggy, and sons, Jet, Tipton and Ezra. Justin brings many talents and a lot of enthusiasm to his classroom and is well liked by his peers. We sat down and talked to Justin to find out what he’s been up to and just a little more about him. Enjoy!

Tell us about your summer!
This summer, I had the honor of being invited to the International Montessori Congress in Prague, Czech Republic to present my masters research on technology in the Montessori classroom. It was a four day conference that included 2,000 Montessorians from 75 countries.

I felt incredibly grateful to be there to represent MSR and constantly thought of all the Montessorians that have been so influential throughout my journey including my grandmother, my mom, the Montessori teachers I had growing up, and my teaching partner – Liz Macaulay. I was able to meet so many amazing Montessorians and came away feeling refreshed, inspired, and excited to bring new ideas back to the classroom.

Tell us a bit more about yourself!
1. What three traits define you?
Inquisitive
Purposeful
Hard Working

2. What is your personal philosophy?
“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

3. What are you listening to/reading these days?
Listening to Kendrick Lamar, Phoenix, and Haim. Reading “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson.

4. Do you have any pets? What kind?
No pets!

5. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
Hike with my family. Play basketball and soccer.

6. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
New Zealand. It’s an amazing country for outdoor adventure.

7. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
It’s important to be able to laugh at yourself.

8. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I was a touring musician for five years after graduating high school.

9. Who is/are your biggest inspiration/s?
My Mom and Dad.

10. Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I went to UNC and majored in media studies and video production.

11. Ten years ago, where did you think you would be now?
Working as a documentary filmmaker.

12. What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?
A trend towards schools including an anti-bias focus in their curriculum.

13. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t a teacher?
Investigative journalist.

14. What is your favorite thing about working at MSR?
It’s an amazingly supportive community. There’s no better place to be when you need help.

15. What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to your students?
Being exactly and uniquely you is a great way to start making the world a better place.