Andrei Dacko, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

Mr. Andrei Dacko

Phone: 540-245-5006 x230


Degrees and Certifications:

B.Sc. Biomechanics B.Ed. Intermediate & Secondary Science M.Des.Inclusive Design M.Engineering Admin. (18hrs) MT1 Manufacturing Technician Level 1 CTE Teacher Apprentice

Mr. Andrei Dacko

I am driven by a passion for using creativity, design and technology to deliver innovative solutions that make things better especially for people. The heart of my pursuits has, and continues to be, the education space dedicated to disruptively improving learning experiences (LX) for students. I have my first grade teacher to thank for igniting that spark in me after tying me to my chair for walking around in class while learning. 

The foundation for this work began in the classroom where, for over a decade, I have cultivated a deep knowledge of learner behaviors and needs as a STEM educator in Canada and the United States. I am proud of the teaching success I have achieved through creative architecture of what I call "ultimate learner experiences" using my own brand of experience principles and approaches. These contributions were recognized along the way as recipient of the Preston and Anne Leake Award for Outstanding Teaching, RichTech's Annual Technology Star Award for Teachers and, the Excite Award For Innovative Teaching from the Lemelson-MIT Foundation   

My classroom career has been intentionally, and at times unintentionally, trisected by real-world work experiences.  My first jump out of the ivory towers landed me in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. With a desire to experience work in a high-tech industry I cut my manufacturing chops as a supervisor in the Chemical & Mechanical Planing Department overseeing machine operator performance and training. Later, my interest in systems and performance improvement led to a process improvement management role as a Sampling Coordinator leading project teams focused on optimizing measurement across two fabs. The highlight of this role was having the opportunity to work with a brilliant team that designed and developed a fully automated system for measurement and yield across the entire factory. My time in Manufacturing afforded me the opportunity to leverage design and technology to improve experiences - this time more process focused - and provided a strong foundation in systems, performance & process improvement, and technical product development; all skill sets that I draw upon heavily today.

In 2011, I started BreakThru LX, a learning experience design and transformation agency, to further explore how design and technology can be used to improve learning and education. Not long after starting Breakthru LX I decided to go back to school to formalize my interests in design and technology and completed a Master of Design degree in Inclusive Design of Information and Communication Technologies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Canada. During this time I was immersed in the exploration and practice of inclusive design with a focus on education which included work with the Inclusive Design Research Center on flexible learning technologies for open education and a published white paper entitled "Making it Personal: Understanding the Online Learning Experience to Enable Design of an Inclusive, Integrated e-Learning Solution for Students". Gaining experiences as a business owner and graduate student provided even more valuable tools that I leverage heavily in any work I do.  

In 2013 I joined John Wiley & Sons Publishing as a digital learning solutions account manager in their Higher Education division out of my interest in learning about the business side of eduction and, the design, sale, and marketing, of digital learning materials. I exceeded revenue targets three years in a row resulting in 153% revenue growth for my territory and was awarded Wiley's 3-yr Consistent Achievement Award in December 2016.

My current role as Program Manager for the CIM program at Valley Career and Technical Center excites me greatly as it combines all of my experiences and skill sets and, an incredible opportunity to continue to pursue my passion for working with others to disrupt and create an innovative learning experience that I believe will positively impact the lives of students and the communities of Staunton, Augusta,  or Waynesboro. I look forward to working together!