Samuel C. Bianco
Mount Saint Joseph High School
Samuel C. Bianco helped develop the Student-Teacher Mentor Program at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Catonsville to address the attrition rate at the all-boys Catholic school. Teachers work with at-risk students in the program, which has resulted in remarkable success, Bianco said.
“By providing these students with a mentor who gives them an individualized plan to meet with success in and out of the classroom, we have been able to retain many of these students and make their experience more positive as a result,” said Bianco, a theology teacher, assistant dean of students, varsity volleyball coach and director of intramural sports programs.
Bianco, a Mount Saint Joseph graduate, provides community service, usually in the Irvington area in southwest Baltimore, helping in neighborhood cleanups and serving at soup kitchens. He also coaches a CYO basketball program and assists his church. “I believe it is important as a teacher to model service for our students.”
Bianco said it takes caring and compassion to inspire students. “I try each day to recognize and address the individual struggles my students encounter and help them overcome these obstacles. I believe in educating the whole person, building a relationship of trust and mutual respect with my students, while creating an environment where they can thrive.”
A graduate of Catholic University of America and Loyola University Maryland, Bianco was recognized in 2016 with the Theodore James Ryken Award given by Mount Saint Joseph’s and the Xaverian Brothers.