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Mr. Pesanti's Biography

A Western Montana College (UMW) graduate with a degree in Secondary Education (1996), Ryan Pesanti  earned a Masters Degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University (2001) with a certification following in Education Leadership from Montana State University (2009).


2018 marks Mr. Pesanti’s 23rd year of teaching in the Anaconda Public School system.  Over the past two-plus decades, he has successfully taught technology education, drafting and wood working at the middle school and presided over myriad classes at the high school level, which include Electronics, Home Improvement, Car Care, Architectural Drafting and Small Engine Mechanics.


Currently, Mr. Pesanti teaches Beginning and Advanced Welding, Milling/Machine Shop, Introduction to CNC and Introduction to Industrial Arts at Anaconda High School.  He coaches the middle school track and wrestling team, and he is the District Director for Anaconda’s Adult Education Program.


Mr. Pesanti recognizes the value in providing a comprehensive curriculum for students interested in skilled labor.  It creates a solid foundation that pays dividends throughout their personal lives, and is something they can capitalize upon professionally.  Mr. Pesanti worked with Montana Tech to get the option approved for students taking Advanced Welding and Advanced Metals to receive dual credit for college. He believes in preparing the next generation for careers in the skilled labor market.


Mr. Pesanti was a high school and collegiate wrestler and took that passion to the school district. He enjoyed the wrestling head coach position for his first twelve years at Anaconda High School.  During that time, he started a middle school wrestling program to feed into the high school. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and loves to hunt, fish, float, camp and ride horses.


Mr. Pesanti’s favorite quote: “Stop looking for the “right” career, and start looking for a job.  Any job.  Forget about what you like.  Focus on what’s available.  Get yourself hired.  Show up early.  Stay late.  Volunteer for the scut work.  Become indispensable.  You can always quit later and be no worse off than you are today.  But don’t waste another year looking for a career that doesn’t exist.  And most of all, stop worrying about your happiness.  Happiness does not come from a job.  It comes from knowing what you truly value and behaving in a way that is consistent with those beliefs.”  – Mike Rowe