John Pellino oversees Outreach, Saturday, Vacation and Summer programs for TMSC, Computers and Technology for TMSC and TMA, and TalcottOnline. John first attended Talcott as a 6th grader from nearby Simsbury. His work as a student, peer teacher, and Science Center Scholar lead him to a position as Nature Instructor at High Meadow Day Camp 1977-1979. These experiences set him on the path to a degree in Biology (BA, St. Anselm College, 1980) with graduate coursework in Educational Technology and Educational Psychology.
After serving as Staff Microbiologist for an NSF Student-Originated Studies program, he joined TMSC full-time as a Research Assistant. Since then he has also served as Research Associate, Instructor, Assistant Director and Associate Director. Projects at Talcott have included Project TEMPO (student health education), External Research for Apple Advanced Technology Group, The Jason Project, NSF Urban Network, The GLOBE Program, Coordinator and Coach for FIRST Robotics, FIRST LEGO League, and Trinity College Firefighting Robotics, as well as design and implementation of Connecticut's first science teacher network.
John also served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Hartford's Educational Technology Lab. Volunteer work includes Connecticut Science Fair Judge, UCONN Health Center IRB Panel 1, and board member, Vice-President and Co-President for the Connecticut Association for the Gifted. He has authored three books while at Talcott. Presentations include Confratute, NSTA, CSTA, NSF, Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, MacWorld, the European Conference of Independent Schools, Mediterranean Association of International Schools and the Eastern European Schools Association. John and his wife, Jeanna, reside in Middletown.