Top Teacher: Dante DiPrimio - Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake High School | WNYT.com

Top Teacher: Dante DiPrimio - Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake High School

Sam Hesler
Updated: March 16, 2022 02:05 PM
Created: March 10, 2022 08:36 AM

For the students at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, English language arts teacher Dante DiPrimio is a modern-day Batman.

"For us, Mr. DiPrimio kind of helps us get through every single day of school," said Stephen Zarub, a senior at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. "He pretty much is a man who doesn't have any superpowers literally, but sometimes you don't really need to have any superpowers to be a hero."

Take one step into his classroom, and you'll find a full-blown Bat Cave in the back, complete with a foosball table. In the front, there is a shrine to the technology and culture of the 80s, transporting students back in time. 

"Mr. DiPrimio's room is kind of a place we went to during these tough times to kind of be like take a deep breath and realize not everything is grim in this world," Stephen said. 

While students are given a blast from the past, they say Mr. DiPrimio has also given them an invaluable lesson. 

"One of the most important things that we learn in his classes is to question things, and to make our own perspective by listening to everyone else's and kind of building off of our own," said Mattingly O'Rourke, a senior at Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake High School.

"It forces you to kind of step out of your comfort zone," added junior, Carissa Brunt. 

Using Batman's passion, Mr. DiPrimio hopes to create the next generation of leaders. 

"By the end of each block, I want them to come away with a lesson. Not just a lesson in terms of something from our books, something from our papers, but something that's applicable to life," DiPrimio explained. "Why I got into teaching, one of the reasons in particular, is just to do my part to help others to be the best versions of themselves that they can be. They, in turn, go out into society and reciprocate. They kind of pay it forward."


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