Brianna Amoscato
Third Grade Teacher, Fox Chapel Area School District

Brianna Amoscato is a teacher at Hartwood Elementary School where she has taught third grade for the past five years. She strives to create cross-cultural lessons within the curriculum where students are strongly encouraged to challenge their thinking and beliefs as global change-makers. Secondly, through poetry and speech she continually provides her students with opportunities to contemplate the way they see the world and their role in it. Thirdly, she continues to work on embodying Bob Goff's principle of whimsy and multiplication of love: the do part of faith combined with something worth doing.

A Pittsburgh native, Brianna completed her Undergraduate Degree in Applied Developmental Psychology at The University of Pittsburgh. During her fifth year at Pitt, she student taught full-time and pursued a Master in Curriculum and Instruction in PreK-4 and special education. Her interests in educational equity and inclusion were ignited with an educational internship as an eighth grade-writing teacher in the Pittsburgh Breakthrough Collaborative Program.

In addition to teaching third graders, she continues to lead the Poetry Club at her school, which combines service and poetry. Also, she created the TEDxKids@HartwoodElementary program where fourth and fifth grade students explore a topic passionate to their lives, and participate in a series of workshops regarding spreading community change through the spoken word. Last summer she served as The Summer Learning Academy coordinator in her school district, Fox Chapel.

Recently, her passion for giving youth a voice has evolved. Brianna's goal is to create a nonprofit entitled One Day that encourages high school students from diverse communities to pursue a career in education with a single mission: One Day we hope to diversify our teacher leaders so that the diversity of our leaders reflects the diversity within our classrooms.

When she is not working, she mentors students in faith and love through The Urban Impact organization. She is a soccer coach in Northview Heights and a flute instructor in the Northside of Pittsburgh. She has volunteered at Children's Hospital and has interned with Jewish Family Refugee and Community Services. In her spare time, she can be found tutoring, running, reading, searching for new children's books at the Carnegie Main Library, writing and most importantly participating in whimsical happenings with her husband and family.