Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Antonio holds a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Kentucky. Antonio currently works as an instructor at the University of Central Florida (UCF). His 10 years of experience in Education include work in college advising, high school and university teaching, refugee resettlement agencies, and as a contractor for the U.S. State Department.
From 2016 to 2019, Antonio coordinated the English as a Second Language (ESL) service-learning program for UCF’s College of Education and Community Innovation. He created partnerships with over 100 Central Florida schools to support their ESL students with volunteers from the University of Central Florida. Through this program, university-trained volunteers provided academic assistance to immigrant and refugee families in rural and urban schools across the Central Florida Region.
His concern for the status of refugees and immigrants prompted him to get involved in politics in 2018, when he was hired as a field organizer for the Florida Democratic Party. Together with a team of dedicated volunteers, he helped to boost voter turnout in his Central Florida region to levels higher than they had been in two previous elections. Antonio is currently pursuing his PhD in Education, with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He has worked on educational projects in Oakland, CA, New York City, Louisville, Orlando, Rio de Janeiro, and Northern Israel.