Salvatore Triolo: New History Teacher’s Fairview Experience so Far


This year, Fairview welcomed a new teacher into their History Department, Salvatore Triolo, for his seventh year of teaching. Triolo teaches both Sophomore AP US History and Freshman Geography and Government. 

His new position at Fairview is not the only recent addition to Triolo’s life. “I have a now 6-month-old son named Luca that takes up a vast amount of my time,” says Triolo.

 In between his teaching and parenthood, he also has a large array of hobbies and interests. “I have a 105 pound Bernese mountain dog, and I love ice hockey, reading for both school and non-school related purposes, hiking, rock climbing, getting outside, being active and spending time with friends,” says Triolo. 

Triolo speaks highly of his experience at Fairview so far, saying “I love being here. I love my colleagues, love my students, and love my classes.” 

Adding to his thoughts on Fairview, Triolo says, “It’s a very well rounded academic institution that also allows students to develop not only academically but socially and through their own interests and hobbies as well.”

Triolo strives to bring his own unique teaching style to Fairview’s unique environment. “I try to implement certain types of curriculum and assessments that are unconventional or interesting for students to engage in,” says Triolo. 

One of his AP US History students, Zachariah Nagle(10), says, “He has us explore as a class through directly observing and interacting with firsthand accounts, primary sources, and other media in order to better remember the details of history.”

Fellow APUSH student Aya Margalit(10), adds, ”The way he teaches is different from all the other teachers I’ve had for history. He helps you more, which is nice for a better experience.”

Fairview students’ appreciation of his classes stems from not only his unconventional teaching style, but also from his student-need-based teaching. “I’m very reflective upon what my students give me and utilize data-driven instruction to try to drive the creation of my class and the content,” says Triolo. 

This teaching style has many positive ramifications upon his students. “I feel that I am more engaged and understanding of history,” says Nagle(10).

“He has made such an impact on my study habits and my ability to comprehend material,” adds Quinn Humphrey(10). 

Outside his teaching curriculum, Triolo also recently joined Fairview’s National History Day’s judging panel for the paper category, alongside fellow social studies teacher, Sean Costello. “It’s an incredibly long and difficult process, but it’s also as rewarding as it is difficult,” says Triolo.

Expanding his thoughts on Fairview’s NHD, Triolo adds, “I’ve had experience with NHD in multiple schools prior, but none with this level of prestige and this level of student achievement.” 

In terms of his future with NHD and Fairview, Triolo says, “I definitely want to continue to be a part of teaching APUSH at the sophomore level, and helping students through NHD. I hope to be able to continue to lead it from an organizational standpoint for the school, as I thought it was a great success in my first year.”

Triolo’s passion for teaching goes beyond the lens of history. “I knew that I wanted to be a teacher and have an impact on kids, and teaching social studies was just a medium for me to be able to do that,” says Triolo.

He adds, “No matter who you are, you remember at least 2 teachers that made a difference in your life, and I want to be that teacher for as many of my kids as possible.”

From his students’ perspective, Triolo has been doing just that. “He encourages me to make my work the best it can be and he provides a lot of support when I am struggling with the material,” says Humphrey.

His love for the teaching profession as well as his dedication to making a difference in the lives of students reflect Salvatore Triolo as an educator and mentor.