Congratulations to Mr. Shaun Legato, selected by his peers as the De La Salle Collegiate “Teacher of the Year.”
Legato, a faculty member at DLS since 2008, teaches a variety of classes in the Math Department. Among his assignments have been all levels of Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Probability and Statistics, and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry.
A 1999 graduate of Warren Mott High School, Legato originally pursued Computer Science studies at Wayne State University.
“One day I was sitting in the library at WSU, and tutoring a student in calculus.” Legato said. “This student said you’re good. Maybe you should think about a career in teaching. That inspired me.”
At Wayne, Legato went on to earn both his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education - Math, as well as his master’s degree in Instructional Technology.
He began his teaching career in 2006 at the Old Redford Academy, in Detroit, where he earned Teacher of the Year honors in 2008, before coming to DLS.
Legato said being named Teacher of the Year is “bittersweet.”
“On one hand, I am honored to be recognized by my DLS family. This is an exceptionally demanding job, and I do my best every day to serve our students.
“On the other hand, we have a lot of people in this building who do the same as me every day. All I can hope that one day those individuals will be acknowledged as well, especially the extremely talented women in my department.”
Legato said that “relating to kids” is what keeps him going. “I remember how confusing those years were. I remember how it was.”
Legato and his wife Angela married in 2013, and are the parents of 4-year old Tommy, “who likes Spiderman a lot.”
Angela, an elementary teacher in the Lake Shore Schools, was named the Masonic Heights Elementary 2022 Teacher of the Year.
The family makes its home in Sterling Heights.