Zach joins the Center this month as Director of Santa Fe Programming after serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Santa Fe Community College and the Program Director for The MASTERS Program High School. His immediate focus will be on working with two Santa Fe schools in a three-year transformation project .
Zach’s research, work, and presentations incorporate his deep interests in leadership training, transformative education, restorative practices, emotional intelligence, cooperative communication and the conscious creation of community. Zach is a certified emotional intelligence leadership coach/consultant and has traveled locally as well as internationally to help school leaders. Zach was invited to be a presenter at the Tri-Association of American Schools Annual International Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico and he has been a TEDx speaker. He is the co-founder and lead consultant for Re:Humanizing Education consultant group.
He has been working in education for 13 years as a teacher, program director, coach and presenter. Zach has worked with students of all ages and began his career as a middle school remedial literacy teacher in Santa Fe. He then moved on to high school where he created a global issues “peace studies” curriculum as well as a diverse array of independent project-based learning initiatives for students. After a short jaunt in Detroit Michigan working with inner-city youth around leadership and service learning, Zach returned to Santa Fe in 2010 to help start a school as the program director and “organizational development guy.” For the past 8 years, he has helped to create and run an innovative school-wide project-based service learning program, a mentorship program, a restorative justice program and a school-wide social emotional learning curriculum. For 7 years Zach has also taught Leadership and Community Development classes at the college level.
Zach holds a Master’s degree in Social Justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan, an Emotional Intelligence coaching certification from Six Seconds and has been trained in Mindfulness Education with Mindful Schools.