Deputy Editor, The Learning Network
Michael Gonchar began his career as a humanities teacher, then worked for 10 years as a school and instructional coach specializing in helping to open and guide new small schools.
365体育备用网址He joined the Learning Network in 2012 after spending 10 years as a school coach, instructional coach and teacher mentor in over two dozen New York City public middle and high schools. He specializes in helping to open new small schools and guiding them through their first few years of hiring staff, designing curriculums and creating effective structures to support teaching and learning.
Gonchar started teaching in 1996 as a humanities teacher at East Side Community High School, a small public school in Manhattan. He was first inspired to get involved in urban education reform while studying at Brown University and taking a class on redesigning the American high school with professor Ted Sizer. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown with a B.A. in history, then earned an M.A. in social studies education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He originally hails from northeastern Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Brooklyn with his family.