Anthony Arno successfully bicycled across America as a college student with the support of Calvin Klein while drawing attention towards the plight of cancer patients. After college, Arno worked as a social worker with disabled adults.
Arno began his teaching career in Brooklyn at P.S. 238 and has received many awards and grants, including presenting at the NJEA Conference, participating in an Earthwatch Sierra-Nevada study of the endangered spotted owl, NASA’s Space Camp, and visiting Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Fund recipient in 2003.
In the 1990’s Arno used the schools only computer connected to the Internet to learn about historic Route 66 while his students bicycled 2000 miles aboard an exercise bicycle in the back of the classroom. During the year long teaching journey students corresponded with people living and working along the famed highway, including Chicago Mayor Daley and the songwriter who wrote the famous tune for Nat King Cole in 1946.
Arno has recently retired from teaching elementary school in New Jersey after 27 years and after returning back to school for proper certification, is now teaching middle school STEM just outside Philadelphia.
Arno has recently retired from teaching elementary school in New Jersey after 27 years and after returning back to school for proper certification, is now teaching middle school STEM just outside Philadelphia. Arno has also launched a new podcast, The STEM Class (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), featuring talks with teachers, authors, and people associated with STEM. Guests include author Andy Weir (The Martian), one of five surviving Navajo Code talkers, a NASA engineer who constructed the solar panels for the Mars rover, and a 97 year old woman who worked as a Rosie the Riveter in a Birmingham B-29 factory during WW II.
Are you having an event that is expected to attract Route 66 fans far and wide? Anthony is available for presentations, either in large group or small group format about the storied life of Route 66. Topics range from an overall presentation of Route 66 to focusing on specific regions or aspects of the road. All talks include a multi-media presentation, complete with video, audio, and some of the most unusual (and rare) collectables gathered while traveling the road. Email Route66Podcast@gmail.com for additional information.