Mr. Dan Gartner » Biography




Daniel A. Gartner

Physical Education Teacher & Athletic Director (PK3 - Grade 8)

Email: [email protected]



I began my career in the corporate world of banking and financial software working in the US, and abroad in Spain and England.  While living in Spain, I earned a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Spanish from the University of Madrid and hiked the "Camino de Santiago" (1,000 km over 35 days), one of the oldest Catholic pilgrimage routes in the world.  After living and working abroad for 7 years, my wife and I moved back to the US and settled in Harrison, New York.  I went back to school at night to obtain a Masters of Education in Teaching (MAT) from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. 


This school year (2022-2023) is my 7th year teaching in the Diocese of Bridgeport here in Stamford, CT.  At the Catholic Academy of Stamford (CAS) I have had the pleasure of teaching Physical Education, Spanish and Health for students in Grades PK3 - Grade 8.  Prior to teaching in the Diocese, I taught Physical Education for Grades K-5 and coached soccer, basketball and softball in Harrison, NY. 


Growing up in a household that values education (my mom was a school teacher for 30+ years),  I understand and embrace my role as an educator and as a leader in the community.  In addition to teaching and coaching, I am the President of the Harrison Youth Soccer Club (HYSC).  My favorite activities outside of school are running, skiing, soccer, basketball, biking, hiking, and traveling with my wife and our daughter.   


Education / Certification


  • B.A. Magna Cum Laude, History (Dartmouth College)
  • M.A. Spanish (University of Madrid / NYU)
  • M.A.T. Education (Manhattanville College)   


Professional Experience / Recognition


  • Presidential Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa - Dartmouth College
  • Teachers award for Academic excellence - Manhattanville College
  • Teacher Certification - Grades K-12