Vernon David teaches math at the Academy for Environmental Leadership, one of four small public high schools in the Bushwick High School campus in Brooklyn. AEL focuses on environmental leadership and partners with many organizations to give students a full, rich experience learning about the environment. Vernon holds many roles as a teacher in a small school, including testing coordinator, AP coordinator, and new teacher mentor. He collaborates with teachers and administrators in making school-wide decisions as part of the principal’s Instructional Cabinet and Accreditation Committee, and is a participant in the New York City Department of Education’s inaugural Teacher Leadership Program. After honing his skills as a leader and educator, Vernon hopes to open a new high school with a team of current and former colleagues.