Mr. Zani holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. He is licensed to teach all subjects PreK to 6th grade as well as 7th and 8th grade English and Reading. Tony is also licensed to be a school administrator in any school, K-12.
Tony earned National Board Certification in 2007 and 2017. Only 2% of educators in the United States earn this certification. It is the highest level of certification available to teachers.
Mr. Zani serves on the Executive Board of the Utah National Board Coalition. The coalition works to increase the number of Utah teachers with National Board Certification. Each year Tony mentors teachers that are working toward their National Board Certification.
Tony teaches master's degree courses for teachers earning advanced endorsements. Teaching is a business in which the learning never ends. Tony is constantly learning new skills and he gets to share his knowledge and skills with other teachers.
Currently, Mr. Zani is a Literacy Specialist. He trains teachers in the most effective ways to teach children to read and write. For many students, reading and writing is learned with a little effort. Others, however, struggle to read and write on grade level. Strong literacy skills are critical to success in just about every career. All of Utah's children should be able to read and write on grade level. It's Tony's job to help teachers get students there.
As a Literacy Specialist and National Board Certified Teacher, Mr. Zani sees how federal and state policies can help or hinder teachers. Tony is a strong advocate for policies that encourage innovation and excellence in teaching.