D’Alessandro retired from a 30 plus-year teaching career in New York State. For twenty-five years, he served as a high school newspaper advisor. For several years, he acted as an associate editor for the now defunct, Italo-American Times.
A former “Educator of the Year,” he is currently a Coordinator of Student Teachers for the University of Central Florida, and an adjunct professor at Valencia College. He has assisted in training a battalion (over 500 ) of students for the teaching profession. D’Alessandro has also developed a college course for senior citizens interested in the writing profession.
F. Anthony lectured a handful of times at writers’ conferences held at Villanova University and taught at several other colleges and universities. D’Alessandro’s poetry book, Brooklyn Birth: Sicilian Soul was published by Plowman Press in 1997. His writings have appeared in: Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle, Principal, American School Board Journal, Modern Bride, Family, Free Verse, Spectacle, Endless Vacation, Teaching K-8, Oblates, Tampa Tribune, Mature Living, Perigee, Riversedge (Univ. of Texas/Pan-American), Christian Science Monitor, and Chicken Soup for Fathers Soul. He’s recently published in the Sicilian literary journal, Sweet Lemons 2 Anthology.Others are in-press.
F. Anthony (called Mascanzone e Scustimato by his Sicilian grandmother) has been married for over 45 years to his lovely wife and muse Adele. D’Alessandro is quite proud of his three children and seven grandchildren.
A full life for a kind, empathetic, talented educator,father, husband, and all-around good guy!!
Thank you for the generous words, especially, coming from one of the most brilliant educators that I’ve ever met. Are you sure you’re alluding to me?
Full, my good friend and colleague mentions? Not yet, as soon as I gather Sancho,it’s off to find those cowardly windmills. Injustice MUST be stamped out! I warn the wicked windimills to,”Prepare to do battle!”
After that campaign succeeds, we’ll chat about full-lives.
Thanks Dr. DeLuca, my amico simpatico
You cannot find a better man than this: caring, gentle and full of love.
Nino,You are the most astute Sicilian translator that I know,however, your words about me, although sincere and kind, are surely exaggerated. Sorry, but I must admit being a tad more malandrino than monaco(primo della vecchia). On the contrary, all those wonderful qualities you attach to me, actually describe you. You must add one more note,however, Nino Russo is also a brilliant scholar.
may i have an email for mr dalessandro please? i remember him from the late 70’s at school in the bronx and would like to say hello once again after all these years. thank you.
My Nephew In Law a great American who supports our Troops and all American Christian Values. A great Husband,Father, Grandfather and Mentor to Thousands of Educators and a great personal friend to me and my family.
We love you Tony !
PS: No more running with the Bulls [ PAMPLONA ] you are getting old.
I would be very interested in reading Brooklyn Birth: Sicilian Soul, but I cannot locate it anywhere online. Is there a way to purchase a copy?
I have found this link. Not sure it works: http://biblio.co.uk/books/201346738.html
We love “Mr. D” so much! I can remember my days at Half Hollow Hills HSE where he always had a smile and something positive to share! Until this day he still welcomes my brother and I to his home and manages to keep us in his thoughts during special and sometimes challenging times in our life. Such an amazing soul!
Thank you for telling about your writings here Mr. D! I look forward to more!
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