Dane Di Cesare
Dane Marco Di Cesare is currently a doctoral student at the University at Buffalo in the Learning and Instruction Department with an interest in technology and special education. Dane was born in Orchard Park, New York, and is the oldest of four children. After high school graduation, he enrolled at Daemen College in Amherst, New York as an English Education major. During this time, Dane worked at Michael Baker Day Care Center, which coincidentally happened to be the same day care center he went to as a child. The teachers who impacted his learning as a child ultimately became his co-workers. Dane also worked at Rochester’s Rotary Camp Haccamo during the summer, a camp in Rochester for children and adults with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. It was during this time that Dane began to first develop an interest in the field of special education.
After graduating from Daemen, Dane worked as a classroom aide at Summit Educational Resources, a school for children with disabilities that specialized in Autism. It was working at this agency that Dane discovered that he wanted to work with the special needs population. Consequently, Dane enrolled at Buffalo State University in an Adolescent Exceptional Education graduate program. Shortly after enrolling in the program, Dane was offered a position teaching English at the Math, Science, and Technology College Preparatory School (MST), an inner city school in Buffalo, New York. Now a doctoral student in the Learning and Instruction Department, Dane hopes to positively impact the field of special education.