By Agatha Tam
Mr. Anthony Brunetti is Staten Island Tech’s AP Chemistry teacher. Having accumulated years of teaching experience, he shares how he got started in his career, gives advice to our students, and more!
How did you decide to teach AP Chem? Did you always teach this?
I began teaching in 1987 general science to freshmen. I asked my assistant principal to start/revive an AP Chemistry course in 1992, he agreed. I taught AP Chemistry for the first time in 1992 at New Utrecht HS. I later asked to start an AP Physics B course and taught it for the first time in 2003. I’ve always liked chemistry, and was fascinated by color changing, flame producing reactions.
When did you become a teacher at Staten island Tech, and is your experience here different from your experience working at other schools?
I began teaching at Staten Island Tech in the last scholastic year. The major difference in teaching at Tech is the quality, level, and dedication of the students. I believe it is the dream of most teachers to teach at a school like Tech.
What is your favorite topic/unit to teach? Why?
In Regents chemistry, I love to teach the kinetics and equilibrium unit because there’s lots of demos with fire and color.
What is your favorite part about your job?
That’s easy: talking to the students, helping them when they need help. It’s seeing them learn and grow. It’s the satisfaction knowing that I made a difference and that I could be of that kind of help.
Do you have any advice for the seniors and underclassmen who might be taking this class next year?
There’s an advantage to taking the college chemistry course here than in college, because of the time and the small group setting for such a difficult course. You can actually ask questions, go through the homework, and get help with labs, so you’re not own your own. People who take AP Chem in high school will more than likely end up with an easy A in college chem, but when other people take college chem, it’s often a make or break course. They end up changing majors. Most people taking college chem in college don’t do well with the volume of material and its difficulty.
Can you share a funny/interesting story?
Too many to remember.
Anything else you’d like to say?
I’m happy to be teaching here; I believe I am experiencing my best years of teaching with my best students ever! This is definitely the pinnacle of my teaching career.