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B.S. in Cinema and Photography, Ithaca College; Ed.M in Special Education 5-9, CUNY of Staten Island. Michael began his career in schools in 2002, working in the south Bronx as a school violence prevention coordinator for Safe Horizon, a non-profit organization in New York City. Since 2004 Michael has been a special education classroom teacher, serving students with learning and emotional disabilities for The New York City Department of Education. In 2008 he co-founded Boys’ Group at The Patrick F. Daly School, a project-based learning model that connects at-risk male youth with positive male role models from the community. Boys' Group engages youth in activities that explicitly teach and practice seven core values imperative to academic and social success: civic-duty, responsibility, compassion, patience, courage, perseverance and cooperation. He is currently a classroom teacher at Patrick F. Daly School, a community school in district 15, Brooklyn where he teaches special education. Michael aspires to be the principal of an elementary school with a focus on project-based learning, rigorous academic instruction, emotional well-being, teacher training and professional development.