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This isn't really me.

This isn’t really me.

My name is Fabio Cominotti.  I’m the third of my name and I am a father, teacher, designer, and writer.  My children are everything to me and everything I do is geared toward taking care of them and helping them become grown up Cominottis.  I love them.  I also love teaching and designing instruction, websites, and anything digital.  I also write fiction and non-fiction (some of the non-fiction you will see here and on The Fake Italian).  I love it all.

I earned my BS. Ed. Degree in Secondary English Education in Moscow, Idaho. I've lived all over Idaho from Boise to Coeur' D Alene, from Pocatello to Salmon, and from Blackfoot to Moscow. I've also lived in small town Wyoming. I am a Master of Educational Technology candidate at Boise State University. Once finished, I will have a Master of Educational Technology Degree, Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching, and an Endorsement for Online Teaching in the state of Idaho.

I teach Language Arts for Idaho Digital Learning Academy for high school students all over Idaho. I, also, currently train Convergys employees from all over the nation who work from home via Adobe Connect and other online technologies about all aspects of telephone technical support and customer service. Besides my current positions, I have taught high school English, creative writing, speech, yearbook, and newspaper for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students in Boise, Idaho and Basin, Wyoming. As a drama and speech teacher, I also produced and directed the school play and coached the speech team. As general manager in the restaurant business, I also worked with adults and adolescents to develop specific skills and behaviors.

My passions are teaching, writing, and technology. I strive to combine all three into my professional teaching and training activities so that my learners are better prepared to meet the challenges of the modern life. I enjoy working with learners in any capacity and watching as they learn and build their skills. What I have discovered through my experience teaching and managing is that teaching and leadership are really the same thing. It's really all about interactions and relationships. Success derives from the relationships that grow out of trust and mutual respect. I strive to create an atmosphere (online or traditional) of safety and respect so that learners can grow and feel safe to learn. The explosion of the Internet and information technologies has forever changed the world. Technology is everywhere and has infused itself in our day-to-day lives which includes the education world as well. Now more than ever, it is important to integrate the web and other technology into any form of education.

After earning my MET degree, I will pursue an MA in English and continue to explore my passions in the high school and college setting. I also plan on pursuing a doctoral degree in either education or English.


Plastic: The Silent Threat

(Originally written, 12/11/2008) At three months pregnant with my daughter, my wife, Sarah, put all of our plastic kitchenware and dishes in a large-sized U-Haul box and set them in front of the door for me to take to Goodwill when I got home. Plastic cups, cereal bowls, mixing bowls, plates, and cutlery filled the box [...]Read More »

The First Fabio Cominotti

On Friday July 3rd, 1998, Fabio Cominotti stepped outside around 10:00 am to putter at his normal routine on his twenty acre plot outside of Blackfoot, Idaho.  He used to have much larger acreage, but for the last six years, this was all that he had.  Twenty pitiful acres that he only irrigated to avoid [...]Read More »

Site Launch Day 1

Site launch alert.  The site is up and running.  It’s still pretty sparse but that will change soon.  Now I just have to find more Cominottis around the world.Read More »

Strategies for Managing Your Digital Footprint

With all of the news about Europe nations pushing to enact and enforce right to be forgotten laws, I started thinking, again, about my digital footprint.  I don’t think that many of us even think about our digital footprints. Do we even know what it is? Basically it’s everything about you online. It’s your social [...]Read More »

Why I Became A Teacher

I have no cohesive memories before eighth grade—only bits and pieces of memory. They come as fragments—fragments of fights, fragments of school lunch, and fragments of classroom horse-play.  During eighth grade and high school, I remember much, but just not about the classroom.  I enjoyed math and did well.  During my high school career, I [...]Read More »

The Huckleberries

We took a trip up to see our favorite huckleberry stands today.  It’s been over 4 years and it took some doing to get up there and actually remember where they were.  The berries weren’t all the way ripe yet so we only got to taste a few. These plants are really amazing.  First of [...]Read More »

The Gingerbread House

Today, my daughter invited me to her school to help her create a gingerbread house with her class.  She has been practicing her songs and talking about if for several weeks now.  She even gave me large guilt trip since I missed her last little activity at Thanksgiving.  Needless to say, I wouldn’t have missed [...]Read More »

The Christmas Tree

Unsurprisingly, I have very few Christmas tree ornaments this year.  It’s still more than I’ve ever had before.  The whole trove consists of two boxes of shiny Christmas balls and not enough hooks. There is never enough hooks.  Surprisingly, I do have a tree.  Since my divorce, I haven’t really put up a tree.  Last [...]Read More »