Joe Schmidt is a secondary social studies teacher at Park East High School in New York City. Park East is a small high school in East Harlem. The school proudly celebrates it three years of “A” status on the NYC DOE Report Card, while maintaining a unique and dedicated mission. Joe has served as a department head, leader of the Professional Development committee and served as testing coordinator during his 12 years at Park East. Joe received a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1999. He also received a M.A. in Teaching from Brooklyn College in 2007 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows. In 2008, Joe was the coauthor of Coaching Whole School Change: Lessons in Practice from a Small High School, a Teachers College Press publication. As a member of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort, Joe is looking forward to learning from the other students and the faculty in the program.