Michael Anastasia teaches 8th Grade math at KIPP Journey Academy in Columbus, Ohio, where teachers know that a warm, rigorous and demanding environment will allow their students, 93% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch, to overcome the vast challenges they face each day. As grade-level chair he oversees the staff and students on the 8th grade team and prides himself in building a collaborative team environment that allows everyone to be accountable to the school mission. Michael volunteers to tutor students after school each week to ensure that they are prepared for high school, college, and careers. Prior to joining KIPP Journey, Michael was a Teach for America Learning Team Leader in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he also led district professional development and coached varsity soccer. He hopes to lead an innovative school that will close the achievement gap by inspiring teachers and students to lead, conquer challenges, and collaborate with one another.