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August 31, 2015

A column designed to help BOCES staff meet their colleagues and BOCES students,
and learn more about the varied work we do across our organization.

Frank Ando

He's clearing a path - and the air - to greener ventilation practices:  Meet HVAC/R Teacher Frank Ando


Frank Ando has been teaching HVAC/R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration) at Career & Tech's Albany campus since 1996 and has more than 29 years experience in the field. As he does with his students, he is constantly upgrading his own professional knowledge, including recent training as a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst. In addition to teaching high school students, Frank teaches HVAC/R for adults, a popular course funded in part by a grant from the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). All of his students keep up-to-date on the latest green technologies, including solar energy, energy efficiency and conservation.


What do you like most about working at Capital Region BOCES?

Being able to help a young person mature and develop skills for life.


When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"

I was unsure.

What is the most unusual job you've ever had?

While I haven't had jobs that are unusual, I've had a multitude of work experiences, from mopping floors and flipping burgers to you name it!


What would your co-workers be surprised to know about you?

My cousin also works here at Career & Tech (Electrical Trades teacher John Puglisi, whom we profiled on Feb. 4).


What activity do you most enjoy in your free time?



What is your favorite type of music/favorite book?

I enjoy all types of music, except for rap. I like classical, jazz, fusion, rock; anything as long as it's good.


If you had a million dollars to give to charity, which would you pick and why?

Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, poverty, natural disaster, and disease.


Fill in the blank: A good day at BOCES is _______.

...when all students are engaged in the learning process.


Do you have a suggestion for who should be featured in an upcoming "I Am BOCES" column?

Contact your division communication specialist, listed on the homepage of the BOCES Insider.


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