Robert Florio

Robert Florio

Special Education Teacher


High Tech Early College

Denver, CO USA


You should always shoot for something that's a little higher than what's realistic.

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Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Joined the Air Force after high school.
When he came home, he worked in a group home that helps kids transition in or out of juvenile detention.
Realized that he loved working with kids; says he had "more in common with them than he'd like to admit."
He wanted to get into teaching so that he could get into kids' heads early on and tell them that they can change their situation.
Says that if you don't have some doubts about what you're doing, you might not be pushing yourself enough.
Admits that there are 12- or 13-hour nights where he starts to think, "Is there something else out there for me?"
The little things-like the one kid who tells him "thank you"-remind him of his passion, keep him working at it.
Acknowledges that there are probably some bad teachers out there; believes that if you don't have a passion for the kids, you should find another job.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Special Education and Teaching, General
University of South Florida-Main Campus

Career

Special Education Teacher

I try to decrease the achievement gap by providing special education services, and teaching reading intervention.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. I also teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques, to students with severe disabilities. I do a lot of assessing students’ skills to determine what their needs might be and how to give them the best education.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Keep pushing forward and always strive to do more and be more. Don't settle for mediocracy; strive for excellence and be a leader. Develop strong organizational skills that will enable you to balance a lot of duties at once.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

You don't have to know what you are doing right away. That's okay. Take the things you know you like and brainstorm ways you can transform those into a career.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Special Education and Teaching, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm not sure if I want to go to school. "

Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction
First-Generation College Student