Peter Musso is a dedicated Upper School teacher who has spent the last 20 years looking at each new day as an opportunity to make a positive impact on his students at NSU University School. What brings him the greatest satisfaction is witnessing his students' development, their ability to achieve their aspirations, and encounter authentic happiness along their educational journey.
Musso's choice to teach at USchool stemmed from his desire for a teaching environment that aligned with his educational philosophy and values. This decision came after spending many years in the public school system and the birth of his eldest daughter, Julia, which prompted him to reevaluate his career path in search of a better fit for his family.
Two decades later, Musso's commitment to USchool remains steadfast, as both of his daughters have graduated as Lifers, and he continues to share his 33 years of teaching expertise by instructing in the fields of Sports Medicine and Human Anatomy/Physiology. Additionally, Musso expresses gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside his wife, Allison, at the school, emphasizing the strong familial and professional connections that have enriched his life.
Musso believes that fostering a love for learning involves teaching with unwavering passion, practicing openness and honesty, serving as a model of success, demonstrating character, instilling confidence, actively listening, deeply caring, inspiring students, and maintaining a strong belief in their potential.
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What are some words of wisdom you would share with future educators?
Be flexible, as change is an inevitable part of the profession. Engage with students on a personal level and demonstrate a sincere interest in who they are as unique individuals. Prepare every class in such a way that students leave feeling empowered and with the desire to learn more. Lead by example... young people are very impressionable and always need positive role models. A positive attitude is contagious and limitless in what it can accomplish.
How has being a teacher impacted or changed your life?
Outside of my family, teaching is the most important aspect of who I am. It truly defines me. Knowing that I can positively influence young people is an incredible responsibility which I take very seriously.
What is your favorite thing about teaching at NSU University School?
I'm incredibly fortunate to be at a school where I feel respected, appreciated for my hard work, and given the freedom to teach my subject(s) in such a way that students benefit the most. I cannot imagine being treated any better... whether it be by administration, colleagues, parents, students, and the community. Who could ask for more?
What do you think makes our students at NSU University School stand out from the rest?
The overwhelming majority of our students are driven to succeed and are highly motivated to improve themselves, both as learners and as productive members of society. They come to us with the "hardware" of curiosity, ambition, and potential... and we provide the "software" for their personal growth.
What moment in your time teaching at NSU University School stands out as the most memorable?
No single moment stands alone, but each time I witness a student accomplish something extraordinary (and this happens many times each school year) or gain a deeper understanding of who they are as human beings, it fills me with great joy. In my opinion, having a purpose is the best part of being alive. We give our students incredible opportunities to discover themselves and I believe it is quite possibly our greatest strength.