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Darren Tarshis is High School Instructional Coach at St. HOPE Public Schools in Sacramento, California. Prior to joining St. HOPE, Darren taught physics at Leadership Public Schools, a small public charter high school that serves primarily low-income students of color in Hayward, California. There, he founded the Advanced Placement Physics program, the schools first AP science course. In the first year of the course, 19 students passed the AP exam, exceeding the national passage rate. Darren aspires to lead a high school for traditionally underserved students while continuing to teach one course of physics a year.