Meet the Supervisor: Ryan DelGuercio, Supervisor of Engineering and Technology at West Orange High School
WEST ORANGE, NJ - Supervisor of Engineering and Technology at West Orange High School, Ryan DelGuercio, is excited about the accolades and innovative curriculum drawing attention among students and the STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics) community.
In addition to his role of supervisor, which he has held for the past year, DelGuercio has been a Dean at the high school since 2010.
DelGuercio grew up in Roxbury, NJ and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology: Crime and Social Control from West Virginia University. He received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Jersey City University and has taught Tech Ed for ten years.
“I am passionate about helping students in any capacity I can whether it be academically, behaviorally, or socially,” said DelGuercio.
He works closely with the technology and engineering teachers to help them to “grow to become the best teachers in order to improve student achievement.”
Because technology is a rapidly evolving field, DelGuercio and the staff research the latest trends to integrate them into their daily teaching, develop innovative real world projects within the curriculum, and help students to make accurate predictions on the future of technology and its impact on society.
For example, the high school is planning to implement a new "drones" project in the Electronics course where students will be building, programming, and flying drones. The Sustainable Technologies class will be assisting the international Liter of Light movement to help provide quality solar lighting to those around the world with limited or no access to electricity.
DelGuercio considers that the strength of the program lies in its comprehensive approach.
“We offer technology and engineering disciplines from automotive technology to graphic communications to sustainable engineering. Students have the opportunity to really get a grasp on what technology or engineering-related field they would like to pursue after graduation, whether that be in college or directly into a trade,” DelGuercio noted.
Supervisory responsibilities include an ongoing teacher evaluation process, budgeting, curriculum oversight, classroom observations and inventory management. DelGuercio believes that a critical function of his leadership is to instill vision and effective ways to achieve them.
“My leadership helps to establish a vision in the department for applying the most effective instructional strategies for teaching technology and engineering that resonates in daily activities, whether it is a content-driven lesson or a hands-on project,” he explained.
DelGuercio is excited that the program recently received the New Jersey Technology and Engineering Educator’s Association “Five-Star Exemplary Technology Education Program,” which was a goal set during the 2014-2015 school year.