Honorees and audience members were welcomed by Marilyn Petitto Devaney, Governor’s Councilor and member of the Commission for Social Justice. The Toastmaster of the event was Mr. Duke Castiglione, Anchor/Reporter, WCVB TV, Boston, MA. Mr. Geromini was presented with his award by Mr. Donald McGowan, Commission for Social Justice, and Mr. Antonio Sestito, State President.
Mr. Geromini addressed the audience and shared stories that painted a picture of his personal life and his professional contributions. Mr. Geromini’s parents immigrated from Tuscany as teenagers. They married, had eight children, and helped Mr. Geromini to understand and value both his Italian and American heritage.
Mr. Geromini served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, was educated at Boston College, and began his professional career as a high school teacher. After working as a substitute teacher, Mr. Geromini was hired as a full-time teacher at the Institution School at M.C.I., Norfolk, MA. He served as a teacher for 10 years before being promoted to school Principal, a position he held for 22 years.
Mr. Geromini introduced a variety of courses, programs, partnerships, and collaborations that garnered him recognition as a leader in the correctional education system. Mr. Geromini received national recognition when a group of his students successfully competed against universities on the TV Show, “Quiz Bowl”.
One of the strongest accolades of Mr. Geromini and his dedicated service to education was spoken by a former student: “To many, prison is a negative experience; however, in the darkness of that negativity, Mr. Geromini is a beacon of light.”
In addition to his work as an educator, Mr. Geromini has given generously of his time and talent to the Franklin community. He has served on the School Committee, Town Council (two terms as Chair) and the Library Board, as well as the Democratic Town Committee.
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|left to right are: Peter Geromini, Carlo Geromini, Antonio Sestito, Chris Geromini|
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