Raul Garcia has been working in the Boston Public Schools for the past 19 years. He is currently in his fifteenth year of teaching sophomores, juniors and seniors both Writing Seminar and Humanities at BAA. During his teaching years at BAA he has taken on a number of leadership roles including Humanities Department Chair, Tenth Grade Writing Seminar Co-Leader, and Curriculum and Leadership Team Member. In recent years he facilitated workshops regarding project based learning practices, literacy strategies, discipline training and teaching in the long block in area Boston Public Schools. In addition, Mr. Garcia has served as a key member of the B.A.A. Summer Institute Conference for teachers and administrators around the nation interested in establishing and modeling best practices for a public arts school. Prior to BAA, he was an Assistant Principal at the Greater Egleston High School in Jamaica Plain where he worked for three years and also taught at Fox Technical High School in San Antonio, Texas. His academic accomplishments include a dual BA from the University of Michigan in Sociology and Latino/a Studies, an Ed.M. in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University School of Education, and Principal Certification through the Principal Residency Network Program at Northeastern University. In 2012, Mr. Garcia was named a Champion of Change by The White House and the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, which honored educators who have devoted their time and efforts to working in communities, inspiring their students to excel, and promoting the teaching profession by setting a strong example in the classroom.