Matthew Colantonio was nominated by Robert Howard, Jr, his assistant principal.
"Mr. Colantonio provided me with an opportunity that I had long given up on," said Howard. "I am now an assistant principal after 26 years of teaching 8th grade math. I looked students in their faces telling them if they dream big and have faith, then they can overcome any challenges that come their way."
Mr. Colantonio is known in his community for being a great person. He always try to help those in need when he can.
"He interviewed me and hired me within a week's time," said Howard. "The cool thing is that he let me know that it was because of my credentials, not my skin."
Mr. Colantonio holds people accountable. He pushes people to be the best version of themselves.
"I nominate Mr. Colantonio because he changed my life, along with the lives of many before and after me," explains Howard. "It's clear that every day, he strives to be better, to believe, to build people up, to empathize, and to seek greatness! It's inspiring! Mr. Colantonio is very deserving of this award. He has a positive effect in many people's lives."