Stasio arrived at Thornton Academy just as education reform was becoming a daily newspaper topic, working to broaden Thornton's curriculum in order to meet the challenges that would enable students to meet new challenges and thrive in the 21st century.
Stasio was known for his commitment to arts education, and purposefully worked toward the development of a comprehensive arts program at Thornton Academy, one that offered students wide-ranging opportunities in visual arts, music, drama, and dance.
Stasio was equally interested in the fast-growing area of technology integration as computers and media resources became increasingly available to students and teachers. Through his efforts, Thornton Academy ultimately became one of the first high schools in Maine to offer a one-to-one laptop and iPad program.
Thornton Academy Middle School was founded during Mr. Stasio's tenure, as was the international boarding program.
Known for his mantra that education is "all about everything," Stasio supported instructional innovation, breadth of opportunity, and encouraged teachers to share their own interests, their passion for learning, with all of their students.