Michael J. Amodio, Ed.D.,
Upper School Principal
With students from over 5o countries, the American school of Milan is a truly international school. Our classrooms are places of discovery, where teachers empower and prepare students with the knowledge, skills and compassion to address real world challenges. We believe that all students can achieve success with caring guidance and positive motivation.
Our school values of respect, curiosity, integrity, courage and kindness guide what we do each day. The habits students learn today will shape who they become tomorrow. For this reason we strive to reinforce these values on a daily basis through our school policies, actions and day-to-day decisions. Our students are global citizens who we believe will positively impact our world.
While many Milan international schools only allow their top students to pursue the International Baccalaureate diploma in the 11th and 12th grades, we invite all of our students to participate. Generally, about 90% of ASM seniors earn the IB Diploma. We believe in the value of the IB program to all learners, and in giving students the opportunity to challenge themselves. We are extremely proud of our 36 average. In itself, it is an admirable score. When you consider that we achieved it while being inclusive of all of ASM students who wanted to try, we believe it is truly exceptional.
I look forward to welcoming you and your family to our Upper School.
Michael J. Amodio, Ed.D.
Upper School Principal
Dr. Amodio was born and raised in the U.S.A., but has lived in The Gambia and La Ceiba, Honduras before moving to Milan in 2006. He received his BA in Biology from Earlham College, his MAT from Emory University and his EdD in International Educational Leadership from Lehigh University.
After college he spent two years volunteering in a small rural village in The Gambia, West Africa, as a community forestry extensionist. Ironically, he was stationed in an area of the country where all the trees had already been cut down to farm peanuts and millet. In the end, he worked with local groups to set up fruit orchards, gardens and a poultry cooperative. Any free time was spent volunteering as a teacher at a nearby school. He learned to speak Pulaar and made life-long friends who he has visited many times. He credits this amazing experience with a great appreciation for the simple life, nature and the importance of family and friends. He learned to be patient and flexible, and most importantly, he realized that we are all born with the basic human quality of goodness.
Dr. Amodio is married and has two sons, Pietro and Marco, who are students at ASM. When not dedicated to fatherhood and school, he is an avid photographer, enjoys making films, hiking in the mountains and exploring Italy.