Meet Mr. Amante
Mike Amante has worked for the New Hartford Central School District since 1997. During that time, he has taught a variety of technology and business courses as part of the Occupational Education department at both Perry Junior High School as well as the Senior High School. He currently teaches Design & Drawing for Production (DDP) and Computer Applications at Perry Junior High as well as Emerging Technologies at the Senior High School. Mr. Amante also wears another hat as part of his job duties. In addition to his daily classroom instruction, Mr. Amante serves as the district's Technology Integration Specialist, a position called a "teacher on special assignment". As part of this position, Mr. Amante works with teachers and students in all subject areas and grade levels across the school district to integrate technology into their classroom studies. This part of his job brings Mr. Amante into contact with students and teachers throughout New Hartford so he can teach them how to use new technologies in new and exciting ways.
Mr. Amante received his Bachelor of Science in Technology Education from SUNY College at Oswego in 1997 and began teaching in New Hartford during the 1997-98 school year. During the 1999-00 school year, he took a year of leave from New Hartford to complete his Master of Science in Instructional Technology and Media Management from SUNY College at Potsdam in Potsdam, NY. Outside of his daily work in the classroom, Mr. Amante currently belongs to and is an active member of the professional educational technology organization NYSCATE (New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education).
Over the years, Mr. Amante has presented on teaching and learning with technology at many conferences on the local, state, national, and international levels. In addition, in 2007, Mr. Amante was one of 100 educators in the country selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, a special recognition program that recognizes and supports innovative educators who make effective, creative use of technology for teaching and learning. In December 2009, Mr. Amante became a Google Certified Innovator by demonstrating and applying innovative approaches to using technology in the classroom for improving student learning.
In late 2017, Mr. Amante earned his Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA. This designation allows him to fly not only small unmanned aircraft (drones) commercially but more importantly, to supervise and assist his students who may fly as part his Emerging Technologies class as well as other school activities, coursework, and projects that might involve the use of drones. Most recently, in early 2018, Mr. Amante was selected as a PLTW Master Teacher for AP Computer Science Principles. This position allows him to train other incoming PLTW teachers in how to deliver the PLTW's Computer Science curriculum in their own classrooms after completing a rigorous Summer Core Training that he helps lead and deliver at select college and universities during the summer months.