Alumni Spotlight: Alex Dello Buono

Dello Buono on a kayak in Alaska last summer.

After spending 12 years learning in a classroom, North Penn 2011 graduate Alex Dello Buono found himself back in a school atmosphere teaching his own students. 

While he was at North Penn, Dello Buono was a member of the cross-country team, winter and spring track team, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

“Shout out to all of the runners out there! Keep training and listening to your coaches; they know what it takes to be successful,” Dello Buono said.

As for his classes, Dello Buono loved the Humanitarian-based AP courses. He took AP history/political science courses and AP Psychology. 

“A special place in my heart will also be 11th grade English, where I was taught by the second-best teacher in the universe, Mr. Manero,” said Dello Buono.

Some of the most memorable moments at North Penn was when he won cross-country states in 2007 and 2008, competed in Mr. NP during his senior year, and participated in Mr. Manero’s trials for literary characters.

Dello Buono attended Wesley College for his Bachelors in which he graduated in 3 years because of his AP history credits. By 2015, he completed his Masters. He majored in history for his undergraduate studies and completed his masters in education.

“I wanted to transfer my love for learning to future generations,” Dello Buono said.

While he was in college, he was published for the first time with his essay about colonization, was a representative in the student government association, and met friends that have grown so close to him that they moved to Pennsylvania.

Currently, Dello Buono works as a middle school social studies teacher in North Philadelphia. He also teaches an SAT/ACT course at AP Academy in North Wales and Wayne.

In the future, Dello Buono hopes to start a Doctorate program in Education, and plans to become a curriculum developer or an education professor. 

“I hope this will allow me to accomplish my goals of preparing students for life on a more influential level,” said Dello Buono.

He is also writing a novel that when he finishes it in the next 10 years “will be the new best seller.”

Favorite part about life after high school?

“As a teacher, my schedule is the same so no benefit there; however, I feel like after high school you start to keep less but stronger bonds with the friends you have, and that is an important thing to have later in life, a tight knit group of people that make you laugh.”

What do you miss about North Penn?

“I miss the diversity of North Penn the most. With so many people from a wide area, there was just so many people of different backgrounds and cultures but also diversity in thought and personality, both peer and faculty.”

Advice to high schoolers:

My biggest advice is plan to live a comfortable life NOW. There is too much uncertainty in the future, but your high school has the resources to help you orient yourself well for whatever might come. Learn to love learning or your trade, then you can meet all your goals in life and enjoy the journey as well!”