Dr. Frank G. ("Tripp") DiNicola, III
Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership (2013)
National Board Certified Teacher (World Languages Other Than English: French)
Conferred in November 2011
West Virginia University
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Studies (2001)
Bachelor of Arts: French and Secondary Education (1996)
Middlebury College: The Japanese School
Japanese Language Certificate of Completion (1996)
Marking his twenty-first year as an educator in 2016-2017, Dr. Di Nicola serves as one of Riverside High School's assistant principals. He comes to Riverside from Broad Run High School where he served as a French and etymology teacher from 2007-2015, as well as the Department Chair of World Languages from 2011-2015. He is also the Riverside High School National Honor Society sponsor, a role in which he served also at Broad Run and at Musselman High School in Berkeley County, WV.
Dr. Di Nicola was the 2014 American Association of Teachers of French ISE Language Matters Award recipient and was honored with the Broad Run High School Triple I (Innovate-Instruct-Impact) at Broad Run on two occasions (2009, 2015).
Dr. Di Nicola began his teaching career in December 1996 as a French and Spanish teacher at Waynesboro Area Senior High School in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, Dr. DiNicola was offered a position teaching in his native Berkeley County, West Virginia, where he taught French, Japanese, Spanish, and computer applications for five years. Dr. DiNicola also served as an assistant principal at Musselman High School in Inwood during his final year in West Virginia.
Dr. DiNicola came to Loudoun County Public Schools in the fall of 2002 as a member of the charter staff at River Bend Middle School in Sterling. He taught French and Spanish to 8th graders as well as Introduction to Foreign Languages to 7th graders. He subsequently became sixth grade dean in January 2003, moving to 8th grade in the same role the following fall. Dr. Di Nicola opened Smart's Mill Middle School as one of its charter assistant principals in the fall of 2004 and then moved to the Loudoun County Administrative Building in the fall of 2006 as the district's first foreign language specialist.
Dr. DiNicola has taught at the university level in the evening hours. He was an original staff member at Shepherd University's Community and Technical Center as an adjunct instructor of Japanese from 2000-2004. From 2006-2011, he taught a graduate level course in foreign language pedagogy to Loudoun and Fairfax County Public School teachers for Shenandoah University. He currently teaches the same course at the University of Virginia. From 2005-2011, he also worked with students in French as an adjunct at George Mason University.
Dr. DiNicola was selected to be an AP French Language Exam reader in January of 2010. He served in this role for the College Board again in the springs of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Dr. DiNicola worked with Kathleen McDermott of Dominion High School as LCPS Curricular Co-Leaders for French Language and Culture from the summer of 2012 through 2015. In November 2013, Dr. DiNicola presented effective techniques in common assessment practices at the national level with other LCPS colleagues at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Expo in Orlando, Florida. He will present again in the fall of 2016 with former students from Broad Run High School on the concept of using games for effective formative assessment in the modern languages classroom. Dr. Di Nicola was the chief contact for the Standards of Learning for French for the state of Virginia during the editing process of the state-level expectations in foreign languages in the summer of 2013. He served as a contributing author for Vista Higher Learning's Themes, a textbook for AP French Language and Culture students, currently entering its second edition in 2016.
Dr. Di Nicola is looking forward to his second year at Riverside High School, continually inspired by its faculty, staff, students, and community!