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Nicholas Ferroni
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Nicholas Ferroni is a revered educator and historian who mentors his mostly lower-income students with deep personal commitment and care. This former actor turned teacher, writer, and host was recently named one of the 100 most influential people in America for his commitment to education reform as well as developing a "Teach the Truth" campaign to incorporate more minority figures and groups into the high school social studies curriculum. Nick was also named one of Men’s Fitness Magazine’s “25 Fittest Men in the World,” an honor generally reserved for prominent athletes and actors. He has received national attention by numerous educators and doctors for his unique and innovative methodology in successfully reaching contemporary and urban students, and has been featured in various academic and scholarly journals. Nick is currently developing two history show pilots, one of which he will be hosting, and is currently working on his celebrity charity book titled The Awkward Album, which will reveal some of our most beloved celebrities' awkward and insecure moments during their childhood, and show every child that everyone (including our most beautiful celebrities) goes through awkward and insecure moments in their youth. You can follow Nicholas Ferroni on Twitter @NicholasFerroni.

Entries by Nicholas Ferroni

Straight Educators for LGBT Students (#SE4LGBTS)

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 10:12 AM

We can no longer be quiet on matters that involve the well-being of our students. Which is why we must openly support the LGBT cause in our classrooms, because it will save lives. I am asking -- pleading for my fellow educators [especially straight educators] to no longer be a...

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Why Teachers Are Real Life Superheroes

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Like millions of others worldwide, I am eagerly anticipating the new Batman v Superman film, which will unquestionably be one of this year's biggest blockbusters. Over the last decade, superhero movies have dominated the box office, so I began thinking, "Why are superhero films so popular?" Consider, in the past...

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Dear White People

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 9:42 AM

Recently, many white people expressed their disgust (via social media) that the role of Annie, which has traditionally been played by white girls with red hair, was now being played by Quvenzhané Wallis, who just happens to be African American. Then, when Sony executives announce that Idris Elba will likely...

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Athletes and Celebrities Are Exploiting Our Youth

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 7:29 PM

As someone who has dedicated his life to preparing his students to live active and full lives, I can't bite my tongue any longer. I can't remain silent while our own government publicly says the right things, but quietly, in back rooms, and takes actions that irreparably harm our children,...

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Kids and High Sugar Die-ts

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 5:20 PM

As a veteran educator, I can say with certainty that a child's diet directly affects his or her behavior and academics in school. I have long been pleading for schools to incorporate nutrition education into their early childhood curriculums. Health class teachers do the best they can, but there just...

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Celebrating Teachers With the Global Teacher Prize

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 3:53 PM

To me, and most people, there is not a nobler or more important calling in the world than teaching. There is not a single person on this planet who doesn't acknowledge or understand the impact that an educator can have upon his or her students. Yet, as a society, we...

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Why the 'We Can't Teach About LGBT History for Religious Reasons' Argument Makes No Sense Whatsoever

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 5:06 PM

As a history teacher, I cherish history and know the importance of all people's history. However, when it comes to teaching LGBT history, many so-called religious people always pull out the religious card... and that makes no sense whatsoever. Consider that most historical figures (even many presidents) were either murderers,...

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Why Education Policies Are Destroying Education in Under 2 Minutes (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:29 AM

I did my best to sum up how education policies are destroying education and, more importantly, harmful to students, on a recent HuffPost Live segment.

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What Teachers Really Do, Really

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 2:14 PM

The Education in America series for HuffPost Live discusses what truly defines an amazing teacher and what challenges teachers are facing in the present-day.

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Celebrity Field Trip

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Oscar Wilde once said "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught."

As an educator, I don't entirely agree with this quote, but there are many truths to it. I do believe, however, that there...

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Celebrity Photographer John Russo Launches New Line of Beauty Products and Hollywood's Elite Are Loving It

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 3:18 PM


If you have ever picked up a copy of Elle, Esquire, GQ, Vogue or Harper's Bazaar, then you are familiar with the work of celebrity photographer John Russo. He is one of the most sought after editorial photographers in the world and has...

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The Most Annoying Things That Teachers Say

(4) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 3:08 PM

As the school year opens, educators, students and parents anxiously anticipate what the new school year may bring. As educators, it is imperative that we try not to forget how difficult it is being a student and, even more importantly, a teenager. So, to give everyone a better idea, I...

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You Are Never Too Old for Prom

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 11:37 AM


In a previous blog, I shared a story about Brittany Mason, a model and former Miss Indiana, who was so bullied and terrorized as a teen, that she never attended her own prom. After discovering this, I decided to ask Brittany...

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Model Finally Attends Prom, 10 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 9:19 PM

When you first see model Brittany Mason, you can't help but be captivated by her beauty, charm and infectious smile. When she enters a room, all heads turn and are drawn to her natural elegance, charisma and glow. I know because I could not take my eyes off...

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Dear Mom, Happy Mother's Day and I'm Sorry

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Dear Mom,

I sat down to write your usual Mother's Day card but, this time, I couldn't do it. It just didn't feel right to write my usual: "Mom, I wish you the happiest Mother's Day. Love Your Son, Nicholas." In my 34 years on this earth, excluding the...

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What Your Average School Lunch Looks Like

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 10:32 AM

I know this is hard to believe, but the quality of food that vendors are providing for school lunch is actually better today than it was in the recent past. However, the health of our youth seems to be getting worse and worse. If the price of lunch is cheap,...

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What My Students Think Is The Best Way to Engage Students

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 1:41 PM

In my years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine. A day doesn't go by...

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What It Feels Like to Be a Teacher (in a Six Second Vine)

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:06 PM

It is impossible to sum up what a teachers does, and goes through, on a daily basis... So, my students and I decided to do our best to help people get an idea of what it feels like to be a teacher. We feel this sums it up as best...

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I Spent the Entire Day With Lance Bass and Michael Turchin, and Now I'm... (VIDEO)

(14) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 9:36 PM

With marriage equality a hot topic in politics and the new media, it seems that everyone, and I mean everyone, has an opinion on same-sex marriage and the LGBT community, from religious zealots who believe that homosexuality goes against God to right-wing Republicans who believe that homosexuality will destroy American...

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What My Students Think About School Lunch

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:41 PM

In my years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: teenagers say some of the most profound and entertaining things you could ever imagine. A day doesn't go by that...

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