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Meet Anthony Esposito, new assistant principal here [Fulton/Highland]

Meet Anthony Esposito, new assistant principal here [Fulton/Highland]
Anthony Esposito is the new assistant principal at Fulton Elementary School. (submitted photo)

One of the best parts of writing for a newspaper, especially a neighborhood column like this, is that I get to introduce new folks to our communities. This time, he's not only a native Marylander but a native Howard Countian. He is Anthony Esposito and he is the new Assistant Principal at Fulton Elementary School, replacing Susan Nickles, who has moved on to Ilchester Elementary School.

When I found out that Mr. Esposito was appointed the new assistant principal, I sent him a series of questions for him to consider.

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Chuck Gait: Are you a native Howard Countian? A native Marylander? Where did you go to school?

Anthony Esposito: I grew up in the neighborhood of Lansdowne in Baltimore County. I come from a very large family and I'm the oldest of seven children. I have five brothers and one sister. We were a very active family and all of my siblings and I played sports year round. I was lucky enough to receive a full scholarship to attend the McDonogh School in Owings Mills from sixth grade until I graduated from high school.

After high school I attended Towson University, where I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. During my senior year at Towson I completed my student teaching at St. John's Lane Elementary (Ellicott City) and Holifield Station Elementary (also in Ellicott City).

I returned to school to receive my master's degree in school administration from Johns Hopkins University. After spending a number of years teaching fifth grade as well as serving as an instructional team leader at St. John's Lane, I transferred myself to Longfellow Elementary (Columbia) in order to gain a different experience. I served as the third grade instructional team leader at Longfellow. From Longfellow I was promoted to assistant principal of Elkridge Elementary. I have spent the past six years serving the community of Elkridge. In June I was notified that I would be transferred to Fulton Elementar and I am extremely excited to serve the community of Fulton.

CG: Who or what influenced you in your choice of careers?

AE: The person that inspired me to become an educator was my mom. My mom always wanted to be a teacher, but the expenses of college were too great for her to ever attend. She always inspired my siblings and I to be the very best we could be and our education was her number one priority. If we were not successful in school, she would take sports and other privileges away from us.

CG: Where do you see yourself in five years?

AE: In five years I see myself serving as a principal in the Howard County Public School System. I am also a part-time professor at Towson University in the department of education. I teach a course titled, "Ethics and Education."

CG: Do you have a family?

AE: I am married and have four children. My family currently lives in the Catonsville neighborhood of Baltimore County, but we have every intention of moving to Howard County in the near future. My wife Keri is a Howard County native and a graduate of Wilde Lake High School. She is also an educator and most recently served as the kindergarten instructional team leader at St. John's Lane before taking child-rearing leave. My oldest son, Dominic, will begin kindergarten in the fall. I also have three-year-old twins, Rocco and Sophia, who attend pre-school. My family just welcomed our newest addition, Bella, on May 11 of this year. I love spending time with my family and can be found coaching Dominic's baseball and soccer teams when I am not at work.

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