Paul Ciccoianni

Paul Ciccoianni

High School Geology Teacher

Chaffey Joint Union High School District (Ontario High School)

Ontario, CA USA

Teachers become better teachers is by practicing new techniques, seeing other teachers, collaborating with a team, and being part of a community.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
First, looking back at my father dying, he died of a stroke when I was 9 years old, so it was hard for me to deal with the loss of someone dear to me. Things changed shortly after that.
After that, I worked at a summer camp in college. I worked 9 summers after that, worked with kids, and got to view the amazing scenery that came with that.
Then, I got married and had children. This has changed my life for the better, knowing I have people who can support me the way I supported my family when I was younger.


High School Geology Teacher

I rock my students' understanding of this planet.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

My typical day right now, in the Fall of 2020, looks vastly different from what it looked like for the last 13 years of my career. I am a little more relaxed in how early I arrive at work and how I spend my time before class begins. I usually workout before coming to campus and spend a little longer eating breakfast before beginning my daily routine in the classroom. Before COVID, I would get to school about 2 hours before the 1st period bell and rush to get as much done as I could!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

I recommend that if you are going to become a teacher, work as a substitute teacher to get that first-hand experience, work with small groups of students, act as an instructional aid or a coach, and be open to new experiences.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"A lot of people in our culture are ignorant of what goes on in the public school classroom and the challenges faced on a daily, hourly, almost constant basis by public school teachers. They think of us as either babysitters or as lazy and incompetent."

Challenges I Overcame

Dad Became Sick


How have things changed since the beginning of college until now?

Asked by Anonymous Student

When it comes to how things have changed, my first year of teaching was one I couldn't forget. I was quite tense as a teacher in my first year of teaching. In my second year, I was a bit relaxed since I was used to things.

What would you do if you weren't a teacher?

Asked by Anonymous Student

Education has been something I was always passionate about, so even if I didn't become a teacher, I would be in a field related to education.

What advice would you give to those with undeclared majors?

Asked by Anonymous Student

To those with undeclared majors, I would say take all of the prerequisites needed to go into your desired field, whatever it may be.

What advice would you give to high school graduates who do not plan to go to college?

Asked by Anonymous Student

For those who do not plan on going to college after high school, don't be stagnant. Do something with yourself. If you stop getting an education, people and opportunities will pass you up.

What final comments do you have regarding this whole interview?

Asked by Anonymous Student

In Ontario High School, most of the teachers are naturally reserved. When it comes to your personality, do not limit yourself based on it. Try to be outgoing, try to encourage your kids, and most of all, try to give them something they will cherish.

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student

Student at CSUF