A passionate scientist with an underlying quick wit, Dr. Anthony Maranto has a way of engaging students by challenging them to see science as a way of understanding the real world around them.
A graduate of Harvard, Dr. Maranto holds a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and an M.D. and Distinction in Cardiology Research. His years working in research resulted in more than a dozen publications as well as two research grants. While the work was fascinating and rewarding, Dr. Maranto had been bitten by the teaching bug while working as a teaching assistant in college and grad school. In 1997, about a decade after graduating from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he made the choice to take his knowledge and experience (and his children) into the boarding school classroom--a familiar environment, as he is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Massachusetts.
“My best teachers were scientists,” Dr. Maranto said. “They taught science by doing real science. I wanted to do that. When you try to teach science by playing games, the students learn how to play the games. But when you teach science using real science, and real equipment, students learn that real science is about the real world. And students learn how to do real science.”
Dr. Maranto’s boarding school teaching career began at St. Mark’s School in Massachusetts, then he moved to Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. In 2007, he moved south of the Mason-Dixon line, teaching at the McDonogh School, Glenelg Country School, and Beth Tfiloh School in succession before moving to R-MA in the fall of 2017.
Dr. Maranto has had students who have gone on to become scientists, doctors, engineers, and mathematicians, and to him, that is the definition of success, that he is equipping and inspiring his students to achieve (or sometimes discover) their dreams. “I believe if you really believe in what you teach, you teach it best, and the students get most excited about it,” he says.
He may teach biology as well as anatomy and physiology at Randolph-Macon Academy, but Dr. Maranto holds a love for all sciences. He has taught physics, chemistry, genetics, and astronomy (he was even interviewed for a NASA podcast about his astronomy class), among other classes. This broad experience, combined with his expertise in neurobiology and molecular biology, makes him uniquely qualified to be the science department chairman at R-MA.
“Sciences are integrated,” he says. “They’re all part of describing the real world. I would love to change our curriculum so that we integrate the sciences more and work more on describing real phenomena instead of segregating the sciences.”
In addition to sharing his passion for science with his students, Dr. Maranto shares his love of long-distance running, a sport in which he has been engaged for 35 years. He runs two marathons each year, and is the assistant coach for both varsity cross country and varsity track.
Dr. Maranto’s four children have all graduated from boarding school. His youngest daughter is a junior at the University of Vermont; his middle daughter is an architect in southern California; his oldest daughter is a museologist at a modern art museum in New York City; and his stepson, whom he refers to as his son, has just published his first novel. Dr. Maranto's wife is an educator as well, serving as an English department head at a private school in Maryland.
To combat the empty nest syndrome, the couple have a beagle named Darwin, two parrots, and a variety of fish. Dr. Maranto also built a greenhouse, and now spends time each week tending to his gardens. His artistic outlet is music; he has a collection of stringed instruments including a guitar and a banjo.
- Ph.D., Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Biological Laboratories
- M.D. and Distinction in Cardiology Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- A.B. in Biochemistry, Harvard College
- Classes: Biology, Anatomy & Physiology
- R-MA Mentor, Varsity Cross Country Assistant Coach, Varsity Track Assistant Coach