Meet the Teach: Brian Turano, Ph.D.

Meet the Teach: Brian Turano, Ph.D.

Brian Turano, Ph.D., teaches science and math at The Priory at St. Andrew's Schools (SAS). Mr. Turano has been teaching for 12 years and has been at The Priory for two. Prior to joining SAS, Mr. Turano worked as a research technician at Brown University; a research technician at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School; a patent agent for Hamilton, Brook, Smith, Reynolds, LLC; and was an assistant specialist at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Originally from Westerly, Rhode Island, Mr. Turano earned his bachelor's in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island and his doctorate in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

How did you get into teaching? What made you want to pursue the career?

"I had a desire to address a need for students to learn about sustainability."

What is your favorite part about teaching?

"Watching the light of understanding turn on when my students get the concept and the boost in their self-confidence."

What do you currently teach? What have you previously taught?

"This semester, I am teaching AP Environmental Science, Geometry, Personal Finance, Independent Inquiry. Physics and Engineering."

What is a current goal and/or project you are working on?

"I am working on completing my National Geographic teacher certification, 3rd floor hydroponic systems, and quilt and small boxes with geometry students."

What is the best part about teaching at The Priory?

"The students are amazing, and they really want to learn! Also, they are all polite, motivated and responsible."

Who or what inspires you?

"My wife. She has incredible patience and always perseveres."

What is your wish for your students?

"That they find something that they really love to do."

What is one interesting thing people may not know about you?

"I am an avid woodworker and bread baker."

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

"Woodworking and bread making."

Who is in your family?

"My wife, Helen, and Allie the cat."

Mahalo, Mr. Turano, for all you do for our students and our school!