Mr. Dan Gartner » Biography


                                                                Daniel A. Gartner

                                                                Physical Education Teacher (PreK-8)




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 my Master of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Madrid and I hiked the Camino de Santiago (1,000+kms in over 35 days), which is one of the oldest Christian / 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 from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. 


This school year (2020-2021) will be my fifth year teaching within the Diocese of Bridgeport here in Stamford, CT.  At the Catholic Academy of Stamford I have had the pleasure of teaching Physical Education, Spanish and Health for Grades PreK3 through Grade 8.  Prior to joining the Diocese, I taught Physical Education for Grades K-5 and coached soccer and softball in Harrison, NY.  Growing up in a household that values education (my mom was a school teacher for over 30 years),  I understand and embrace my role as a teacher and as a leader in the community.  In addition to teaching and coaching, I am also the President of the Harrison Youth Soccer Club (HYSC).  My favorite activities outside of school are skiing, soccer, biking, hiking, swimming, running, traveling and reading.   


Education / Certification


  • B.A. Magna Cum Laude, History (Dartmouth College)
  • M.A. Spanish (University of Madrid)
  • 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