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"Help others, find beauty, live poetically." -Michael James D'Amato


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Since 1994, D'Amato has worked with students from Pre-K to high school in academic and recreational settings. His experiences range from community work with youths in Harlem, New York, to educational research in Paris, France.

Michael James D'Amato, a former Teacher of the Year, has been a middle school Social Studies teacher in New Jersey for the past seventeen years. He is also the facilitator of his school's Academic Team Competitions and Poetry Slams.

D'Amato's work has been highlighted in academic journals, magazines, newspapers, radio, and television.

D'Amato considers the highlight of his career to be the 17-day trip to southern Italy in 2005 with his eighth grade students. During the trip the students visited Naples, Pompeii, and Rome.
For eight consecutive summers, D'Amato helped bring teachers and students to the Dominican Republic as part of Friends Beyond Borders. During these social justice expeditions the teachers toured the Haitian border, visited an HIV/AIDS orphanage, chatted with civil rights activist Sonia Pierre, and heard firsthand stories from the legendary Dede Mirabal from the famous novel, In the Time of the Butterflies.
In 2008, D'Amato was nominated for GQ Magazine's "Better Men, Better World" Award.
In 2010, D'Amato was named one of the recipients of Central New Jersey's "Teachers Who Make Magic" Award.
In 2011, Roam Italy was chosen as an Atlantic Highlands Book Club selection.
D'Amato presents at workshops and conventions and is available for speaking engagements. For direct inquiries, please write to turtle0038@yahoo.com