Mr. Allocco                      






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Mr. David Allocco is in his twelfth year at Paramus High School and serves as the lead teacher for the social studies department.  A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Mr. Allocco worked in the advertising field prior to entering education.  This experience has served him well in the classroom.  Mr. Allocco uses the principles of advertising when developing lesson plans in order to “sell” history to students.  It’s all about finding what’s unique about the subject matter, knowing your audience, and delivering a message that sticks to the students.  Mr. Allocco also holds a Master’s Degree in social science with a concentration in history from Montclair State University.  

Mr. Allocco is a firm believer in the ability to reach all students using 21st century technology.  To help students learn about how the American Revolution affected the citizens of Bergen County, he used extensive research to create an interactive “video game” entitled, “Choosing Sides: The American Revolution in Bergen County.”  Students follow the fictional John Van Dunk as he talks to the real-life residents of Bergen County in 1776 who have varied allegiances.  After talking with people like Reverend Gerrit Lydekker and Theodosia Prevost of The Hermitage, students must decide if they would be loyal to the British Crown or join the Patriots in the Revolution.  The game was featured on NJTV’s “Classroom Close-Up” on 12/30/12.   

Mr. Allocco was named Paramus High School’s Teacher of the Year for 2015-16

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