Jonathan is in his second year teaching students math and advocating for the civil rights of students with disabilities at SLA, which is thrilling because he has wanted to work here ever since he first made a site visit. This year, he is also excited to be teaching students debate/public speaking. He coaches the Debate Team and the JV Ultimate Frisbee team. Before coming to SLA, Jonathan spend three years as a special education teacher and Speech & Debate coach at Hood River Valley High School in the beautiful town of Hood River, Oregon; he has also spent time teaching English as a foreign language at Chestnut Hill College and in Pohang, South Korea (네, 한국아 조금 하세요), teaching chess to adults and children, camp counseling, and work-trading on organic farms. He earned his BA in History from Swarthmore College and his Master’s of Special Education from the University of Oregon, as well as his TEFL certificate from the Boston Language Institute. After additional study at Arcadia University, he holds teaching credentials in Math, Social Studies, French, and Special Education. He lives in West Philly and loves it.