Company: Mascotte Charter Elementary School
Location: Mascotte Charter, FL
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management, Niagara University (2017); Associate Degree in Communications and Media Arts, Erie Community College (2015)
Career History: Physical Education Teacher, Mascotte Charter Elementary School (2020-Present); Customer Service Representative, Publix Super Markets (2022); Recreation Attendant, Exploria Resorts (2021); Teacher Assistant, Mascotte Charter Elementary School (2019-2020); Paralegal Assistant, Holland & Knight LLP (2019); Manager in Development, The Club at Ibis (2018); Pool Snack Bar Supervisor, New York Athletic Club (2017); Food and Beverage Intern, Fenway Golf Club (2016); General Lawn Maintenance, Erie Community College (2013-2015); Admissions Personnel, Erie County Fair (2011-2015)
Jacob V. Carriero, Physical Education Teacher at Mascotte Charter Elementary School, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leaders for their contributions and achievements in the fields of education and fitness.
Since 2020, Mr. Carriero has excelled in his role at Mascotte Charter within the Lake County Schools in Florida, where he managed virtual activities for his students throughout quarantine. In person, he coaches and guides classes of up to 50 students at a time, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. He sets age-appropriate fitness goals; provides drug prevention lessons; and coordinates the school’s early morning walking and running club. Focused on bringing positivity, fun, and important life values—such as responsibility and working as a team—to the kids in his class, his emergence as an impactful educator comes as no surprise, given a lifelong dedication to helping others and athletic excellence.
Raised in a loving family in Buffalo, New York, Mr. Carriero pursued his associate degree in communications at Erie Community College. While earning his degree, he served the college’s maintenance team. He felt this was an appropriate way to give back to his school by contributing to its beauty. He continued his education at Niagara University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management in 2017–all the while working jobs at country clubs. Climbing the ladder at the Fenway Golf Club, New York Athletic Club, and The Club at Ibis, he loved socializing and communicating with the members, visitors, and staff—but sought something more rewarding. By 2019, he was serving as a paralegal assistant at Holland & Knight LLP and a teacher assistant at Mascotte Charter School; in the latter position, he fell in love with the classroom environment and working with the students. The feeling would prove to be mutual, as a year into his full-time designation as a physical education teacher, he was honored as a top-three finalist for Lake County Schools’ Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2021—which he considers a career highlight. He takes great pride in the fact that the students go to him if there are any issues; he knows them all by name, their siblings, families, and which cars they need to be picked up in after school.
Outside of his primary role, Mr. Carriero also recently served as a part-time recreation attendant at Exploria Resorts and a customer service representative at Publix Super Markets in early 2022. Looking toward the near future, he strives to expand the school’s opportunities for students by designing STEM lessons, creating an intramurals program, and implementing classroom content into his physical education lessons.