In May 2016, Mountain Pacific Troops to Teachers surprised Mr. Frank Danesi with a visit to his classroom to present him with the 2016 Mountain Pacific Troops to Teachers “Teacher of the Year” award.
Frank Danesi is a former Air Force officer with more than 15 years of military service. During his military career, he held assignments supervising the flight line and aircraft generation at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and as the 49th Maintenance Squadron Commander at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, where he retired in 1995.
Upon retirement, Danesi held various positions in the private sector, to include building a commercial brewery. But something was missing, so more than ten years after his military retirement, he decided to pursue a teaching career and entered the Troops to Teachers program.
Danesi completed his teacher certification requirements at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and began teaching special education at Cyril Wengert Elementary School in 2009. He currently teaches special education at Variety School, which operates under the Clark County School District in Las Vegas. Variety School is designed to meet the needs of disabled children in the greater Las Vegas area, with every student in attendance identified as a special needs student.
Danesi is committed to his students and implementing a varied curriculum in his classroom. His teaching methods include having the students rebuild salvaged computers and providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities with the Lego curriculum. Danesi recognizes that all students have unique talents and he works diligently to ensure his students reach their full potential. This commitment is part of the reason he received the region’s “Teacher of the Year” award.