Mr. Daniel Ugenti is one of Fontbonne’s newest English teachers. He currently teaches AP English Language and Composition as well as English 12. Before coming to Fontbonne, he taught introductory composition courses in Suffolk County Community College and LIU Post. He also has experience as a resident hall director . Mr. Ugenti named his grandfather as one of his biggest influences. “He also was a teacher. He just did so much in his life- he also served in the navy. He worked tons of different jobs.” When asked what the hardest part of his job was, he said that he feels there is not enough time in the day. "Every day I can do more and more and more, but sometimes it's hard figuring out where you've got to draw that line and move on...whether that is with teaching a certain lesson or even with giving students feedback. I could give students feedback for days to help them to help them improve exponentially, but then I wouldn't be able to get to the other twenty kids in the class." His favorite part of the job is Fontbonne's positive atmosphere. He says that his students at Fontbonne show that they "want to learn", which is beneficial for him as a teacher. In fact, working at Fontbonne is Mr. Ugenti's first time teaching in a Catholic school, as well as an all-girls school. He says that he has noticed the huge amount of student involvement in Fontbonne, "both in academics and extracurricular activities. It seems like everyone is involved in something...there's very few students who just come to school and go home."
When asked what inspired him to become a teacher, Mr. Ugenti explained that he was first a Journalism major in college. He feels as if education is more about having an "individual connection" with people, especially students, as compared to journalism. Education, he says, is about "helping [students] improve and seeing where they can go."
Aside from teaching English, Mr. Ugenti has a wide range of interests, including movies (particularly eighties action movies), comics, music, and even pro wrestling. He has actually taken a number of cross-country trips to attend events like Wrestlemania. He also has an eclectic taste in music, with interests spanning from Metallica to Weird Al. Fontbonne welcomes Mr. Ugenti to our faculty!