Patrick McKinney is Content Coordinator of Reading and Writing at the Cultural Arts Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, currently a K-3 school, which focuses on providing exemplary academic opportunities enhanced by and art infused curriculum in a high needs district. Patrick earned a B.S. in Childhood Education from Five Towns College and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Cincinnati as well as certificates in High Performance Leadership, Change Leadership, and Managing for Execution from Cornell University. At Cultural Arts Academy, he served as founding 1st grade teacher and 2nd grade lead teacher prior to taking over as Content Coordinator. He’s looking forward to working in collaboration with a cohort of individuals who have similar aspirations to close the achievement gap and ultimately would like to move into a leadership position where he can provide all students regardless of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status a quality education that will prepare them to be successful outside the classroom.