Leonard Covello presented, as a “Teacher with the Heart” by Vitto Perrone is one of many educators who truly loved what he did. Covello, Italian immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1896 with his family seeking better live. As a young man had to leave school and go to work in order to help support his family. Fortunately, returned to school, finished it and became later on one of the best teachers and friends ever. During his school years, his name was changed by one of his teachers from original Leonardo Coviello. He started to question educational system and had awareness of inequality. He was always proud of his culture, love that he had for his students and others came out as a involvement in community centers and formation of Il Italiano Club. As an educator his teaching and help was in hands-on form. Covello was often visiting students’ homes and even use the school for open hours. He had lots of respect for others and anyone could come ask him for help or just to talk. His involvement keeps him in touch with dropped out students and is willing to help them get back to school.
Having Covello as a friend and educator is truly a treasure.
Since my elementary school, as I can remember I never met a teacher like Covello. Most of my teachers were using narrative, where students are just to listen what teacher have to say and banking in which teachers required us to withdraw the knowledge we were supposed to be storing all that time. Until exam after which all the knowledge was important and truly most that knowledge is gone. Not even any problem with learning but also if there was any problem outside of school, there was anybody who I could talk with. I remember when one time my brother got into fight with another student and my brother was blamed with starting the fight, simply because the other student had better grades. I believe that if Covello was responsible for solving the problem he would not look at grades but facts from fight. Besides this, my elementary school went smoothly.
Me, always being quiet I was not getting into troubles. My classmates, however, some of them left school because of personal problems. Girls got pregnant, boys selling drugs and thinking that it was a quick and easy way to get money. Most of them never came...