Four Questions: Teacher Mario Alioto

Let’s hear from…Hanna’s Teacher of Civics, Economics and U.S. History

Q1. How long have you been at Hanna Boys Center and what motivates you back every day?

I have been here 18 years. What motivates me to come back every day is that there is a glimmer of hope in my eyes that I can make a difference in the life of one boy. These boys need good role models and teachers who care for them, just like any other student out there in the regular school systems.

Q2. What’s your favorite quote and why?

“Life is what you make it” – by John Mooney. Everyone is given life. Circumstances are different for all people, but what I have seen is that there are some people who have nothing at all and seem to come out ahead of others who have the world handed to them on a silver platter. Effort, hard work, a positive attitude and a bit of luck is what people need in life.

Q3. What or who most inspires you?

My family inspires me. Without them, I don’t know where I’d be. I thank God every day that I have a supportive, loving wife and an awesome son who make my days shine bright. My parents instilled in me the hard work ethic that I have come to know and cherish.

Q4. What’s your most cherished memory from your work here at Hanna?

My most cherished memory is getting to know some of the nicest young men I have ever come across. The first students I taught here at Hanna are now in their 30s and it is a pleasure that I get to follow some of them through their lives and see the positive things that are happening to them.

Thanks, Mario Alioto for all you do here at Hanna Boys Center. To learn more about our staff at Hanna Boys Center, check back at this blog or click on our staff page for more information.

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