Giardiello, the youngest of three boys, has always been the momma’s boy
of the family. Showered with
too much love and attention at an early age, he still needs the attention
only a mother can give. Perhaps
the outrageous comments that often escape his mouth are a product of this
need. Nonetheless, he is the
typical bleeding-heart liberal, although he does possess an unusually wide
scope of intelligence about political, educational, religious, and ethical
is not the typical liberal; a sharp dresser, no piercings or tattoos, and
no facial hair. He is in
stark contrast to his bother Joe in that he is handsome, athletic, and
characteristics have gotten him into much trouble with the ladies in his
past, but today he is settled down, with a wife and two bambinos.
Like any good
Italian boy, his family is his world, and his wife is his boss.
He has spent his time as a father trying not to replicate the
mistakes of his own parents. He
is not a fan of spanking, except when his wife thinks he has been naughty.
Then he demands that he be “disciplined.”
Mario got his
B.A. in English Literature and Religion Studies at Ithaca College.
A melting pot of liberalism, Ithaca stole his Catholic soul and
transformed him into a searching, wondering, confused Agnostic.
Lying in Confession was an early sign that Mario was going to leave
the Catholic Church, but as a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan, and an avid
athlete, he has found his nirvana here on earth.
long dream was to go to Hollywood and make it in the Big Pictures.
Shortly after high school, he realized that he had no acting
talent. This made it tough to make it anywhere, never mind in L.A.
Since he had no money, talent, or prospects, he decided to pursue
the only profession that would tolerate such a rebel – he became a
Mario has been
a high school teacher for 6 years, and now works with teachers across the
nation to incorporate literacy strategies within their classrooms.
His brother Joe points to this fact as the leading cause of what is
wrong with Public Education. As
a strong advocate of Unions, Mario realizes that they are the strength
behind America’s workforce. The
average citizen being treated fairly and with respect is of utmost
importance to him. The lack of
respect teachers have from the state and country is the primary reason he
will eventually leave this worthy profession.
is a world traveler, an educator of educators, a keynote speaker on topics
of politics and education, and an addict of television appearances.
After his first television appearance on “Hannity and Colmes”
he is noted as saying, “Woah, that was a rush…can I do it again?”
Shortly after he came to, he asked his uncaring brother if his nose
looked too big on TV. Joe
said it did.
has also appeared on shows such as FoxWire with Rita Cosby, the News Hour
with Jim Lehrer, Heartland with John Kasich and numerous radio