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Jodi Antinori

  Name Relationship Roles HH ?  
  Joseph Antinori Spouse Parent, Alumni Relative  
  Theodore Antinori Son Student (Grade 8)  
  Ji Seong Park Ward Student (Grade 11)  
  Vincent Antinori Son Student (Grade 12)  
  Luke Antinori Son Alumni    
Faculty Information
Location(s) Middle School
Title(s) Middle School Teacher
Other Information

Jodi Antinori teaches seventh grade Language Arts/Social Studies in the Middle School. She joined CDS in 2014 and her three sons, Luke, Vincent and Theo, are students. Jodie has over fifteen years of teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has worked in schools in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Papua New Guinea, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer. Jodie has her National Board Certification and was Yancey County Teacher of the Year in 2011.
Get to know Jodie Antinori:

In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? I love that I don’t have to teach to a multiple choice test. I’m drawn to the fact that the whole school is intent on doing what is best for children.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? The people here--students, staff, and administration--are very welcoming and genuinely glad to be here.”
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? I think that it is great that students and staff are encouraged to take risks with their teaching and learning. At the middle school, students are given opportunities to sign up for different “expedition classes” based on their interests. These classes meet for several weeks and give students an opportunity to explore a variety of topics both on and off the campus.”
How would you describe your classroom? I want my classroom to be an inviting place where all of us work together to create a learning community. Students should feel comfortable both sharing their knowledge and passions, and asking for support in areas they need help.”
What books and authors inspire you, your curriculum, and your classroom? “I recently read the book Focus by Mike Schmoker which made me think about how to focus on what is essential for children to become critical readers, writers, and thinkers. The ideas of Howard Gardner and Daniel Goleman also influence my work with students.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? As a parent, teacher, and coach I really like the Native American quote:  "Do not prepare the path for the child. Prepare the child for the path and he will find his way."  I also like “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire” -William Butler Yeats

How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less?  “My students and I will learn together.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? Reading, running, travelling, and cooking are all things that I enjoy doing when I’m not teaching.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? It is my goal to engage my students in activities that connect their learning with the real world and what is important to them.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? I attended a large public, junior high school in Fargo, North Dakota back in the 80s. It was a rigidly structured environment with no formal programs to help students navigate the turbulent waters of adolescence. I felt like it was very much a “sink or swim” environment. CDS is a much smaller school that is intentional in developing supportive relationships between students and teachers and differentiating instruction. I am happy to be here and glad that my sons have the opportunity to growl here.” 

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(828) 274-0758   x408
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