For Antonio Ventura, a love of learning was first sparked when he was in the student seat of his high school math class. A native Houstonian, Antonio credits his sophomore Wisdom High School teachers for setting him on the path that would shape his academic and professional path. These teachers balanced rigor and humor as they pushed Antonio toward successes he previously thought unachievable. Antonio was quickly hooked and enrolled in accelerated classes and summer programs, courses that would launch his career in teaching and fuel his passion for numbers. He earned a full-ride scholarship to the University of Texas before returning to Houston, where he has been teaching middle and high school math for seven years, both at public and private schools in the Bayou City.
An ardent sports fan, Antonio has a master memory of game scores dating back decades. While international soccer tops his list, he remains a proud Longhorn and champions all of his hometown teams. By blending sports and statistics, he finds ways to excite and engage students in math. A special program he created teaches students to simulate the role of a sports team manager, using a limited budget and statistical analysis to build a roster. Projects like this give his students an opportunity to apply mathematical principles to the real world and see how math is part of everyday life.
Antonio is looking forward to joining the Post Oak community, where he can step into an environment that fosters curiosity to learn. In his near decade of teaching, he has seen how direct instruction in traditional classrooms can stifle students’ ability to learn. He sees the Montessori approach, one that allows students to move at their own pace, as the future of teaching and one that gives him and his students opportunities to freely and fully embrace problem-solving, to experiment, and to innovate. Giving students the space and support to thrive in the classroom is a way Antonio is paying forward to future generations the many gifts his own high school teachers gave to him.