Kevyn Bowles is an elementary teacher and Coordinator of Special Education at the Waterside Children’s Studio School (PS 317Q) in Rockaway Park, New York. As a Teach for America corps member and part of Waterside’s founding group of teachers, Kevyn has had the opportunity to influence the development of a performing and visual arts-based program. This program supports the true academic, emotional, and creative development of children and has grown into a vibrant community of educators, students, and their families. At Waterside, Kevyn has raised over $175,000 as the Co-Founder and Chair of the Fundraising Committee; served as a Budget Delegate on City Councilmember Eric Ulrich’s Education Committee; analyzed data and best practices in instruction and curriculum on the Core Inquiry/Instructional Cabinet as Grade Team Representative; participated in decisions on school wide issues on the School Leadership Team; as well as provided academic and behavioral support for struggling students through his work on the Learning Support Team and as Coordinator of Special Education. Kevyn graduated from Georgetown University in 2009 with his B.A. in Theater & Performance Studies and Sociology: Social Justice Analysis. As a corps member in Teach for America, he received his M.S. Ed in Special Education from Hunter College. As a member of the 2012 NYC Summer Principals Academy cohort, Kevyn looks forward to continuing to learn and grow as a leader in the fight for educational equality for all children.