JEREMY KONAR is a consultant with Public Impact, focused primarily on supporting schools in implementing Opportunity Culture models, which extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams. Prior to joining Public Impact, Mr. Konar worked as a high school special education teacher, department head, and special services coordinator in New York City, where he helped develop strong teaching and organizational practices for integrated co-taught classrooms. Mr. Konar has also worked in higher education, supporting first-generation high school students through the college admissions process, and he taught beginning teachers at the graduate level. Mr. Konar holds an M.Ed. in school building leadership from Columbia University Teachers College’s Summer Principals Academy, an M.S. in teaching urban adolescents with disabilities from Long Island University, and a B.A. in English literature and journalism from Brandeis University.
Why I Do This Work: “I believe the single greatest predictor of student achievement is access to excellent instruction. There is so much room in education for experimentation and innovation, but it all ultimately comes down to the interactions between students and teachers. I want all teachers to have opportunities to develop, and I want great teachers to feel they can continue to grow without leaving the classroom. Opportunity Culture helps make that a reality.”