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B.A. in Political Science, Russell Sage College; MS in Elementary and Special Education, Saint Joseph’s University. In 2003, Cheryl Arnau transitioned from working for General Electric’s Commercial Distribution Finance division to teaching in a public school through the Teach for America program. She spent two years teaching middle school students with self-contained special education services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This experience shifted Cheryl’s interest in education from education policy to instruction and student learning. Cheryl moved to New York City in 2005 to begin teaching at East Side Middle School (MS114) where she currently serves as the school’s IEP teacher, special education liaison, and Schools Attuned staff developer. During the past year, Cheryl also served as the special education specialist on a new middle school proposal team. The proposal was approved by the NYC Department of Education and the school, West Prep Academy, is scheduled to open in September of 2009.