Dr. Frank LaBanca

Beacon's Vice President is Dr. Frank LaBanca, a teacher, researcher, and change agent. In addition to serving as Director of Academics for Beacon's Green Light Academy, he is the Executive Director of the National Center for Inquiry Learning and the founding Principal of Danbury's Westside Middle School Academy magnet. His ethos includes a vision of academic success for all students, creating a climate that promotes education, cultivating leadership in others, and partnerships with the community, business, and industry.

Dr. LaBanca was formerly the Director of the Center for 21st Century Skills at EDUCATION CONNECTION, where he directed and managed the implementation of innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs in 50+ middle and high schools across Connecticut. During his 16-year career in the classroom, Frank taught Biology and Applied Science Research at Stamford, Newtown, and Oxford High Schools, and currently is an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University and the University of Bridgeport teaching Science Methods, Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis for Educational Research, and supervising dissertation research. Dr. LaBanca holds a BS in Biology, an MS in Science Education, and an EdD in Instructional Leadership.

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