B.A. in Sociology/Elementary Education (Anthropology Minor), Hofstra University; M.A. Learning dis/Abilities and Ed.M. Education Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University. Michael began his teaching career as a special education teacher at a charter school in central Harlem that later moved to Spanish Harlem. While there, Michael developed the school’s first Collaborative Team Teaching class in an effort to create an inclusive environment for all students. Throughout his teaching career, Michael served on many school level committees and acted as the teacher representative on the school’s Board of Trustees for two years. For the past two years, Michael has worked as the Director of Student Support for Harlem Link Charter School. Since being there, Michael planned and implemented the school’s Integrated Co-Teaching model for special education, designed systems for students to receive differentiated supports at the school level, and restructured the school’s Child Study Team process to better serve its students and staff.