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Henok Tadesse teaches 5th grade at Charles R. Drew Charter School, an Atlanta-Area K-8 school based on the Purpose Built Community model of holistic community revitalization. Here he is a lead teacher on a team that uses STEAM-focused project-based learning initiatives and support from partners such as Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin to overcome the cycle of poverty in the East Lake community. Henok previously taught in Los Angeles, where he was recognized as “highly effective” in the Los Angeles Times. Henok accompanies his skill of nurturing his student's academic excellence with a focus on their emotional and social development as individuals. One of only 3 National Board Certified Teachers at Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta, Henok has established numerous enrichment programs that focus on the academic and social growth of the student, including United Nations Day, Student Government, and Drew Mentorship. Henok aspires to establish his own learning community based on the curricular integration of academic, social, and emotional intelligences.