Andrew Gallagher began his career in the United Kingdom in 1996, where he served as a teacher, mentor, pastoral leader, and school administrator. His roles included Elementary Liaison Coordinator (developing a comprehensive transition program for elementary students as they advanced to the local secondary schools), Key Skills coordinator (ensuring national standards of Math, Literacy, and Technology were embedded across all subject areas), and teacher mentor (developing structures to support new and student teachers to provide sustainable pedagogical strategies and a broad range of mentoring opportunities). In 2003, Andrew made the transformational decision to move to New York City. During his tenure in NYC he has served as a teacher, instructional coach, instructional specialist for District 8 schools in the Bronx, and as Director of Instructional Technology for the Department of Education’s Office of Empowerment Schools. Andrew currently works with a network of schools as part of NYC’s Children First initiative, addressing functional areas such as CEP development, implementation of Common Core State Standards and post-secondary readiness, pioneering education technology initiatives, and conducting Quality Reviews (including Peer Reviews and New School Quality Reviews). Andrew is nationally recognized in the field of Education Technology, serving with distinctions such as a Google Certified Teacher, MOUSE Squad Faculty Advisor of the Year two years in a row, and a current member on the Education Advisory Board for Livescribe, the makers of the digital Smartpen. Andrew is an alumnus of the New York Institute of Technology, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was honored with the John. J. Theobald Graduate Achievement Award. He is passionate about ways we can redirect the focus of the country’s education programs to better address the needs of diverse student populations.