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Brandon Cardet-Hernandez

New York City Teaching Fellows, 2007

Through AmeriCorps and the New York City Teaching Fellows program (service began in 2007), Brandon strengthened his passion for social justice by focusing his work on equity and access in education. Brandon worked as a special education teacher in NYC public schools where he also coached student leadership by facilitating student organizations like the Gay-Straight Alliance and Student Government. His work allowed him to develop deep and rich relationships with students and families. Recently he worked as the Director of Strategic Initiatives under Chancellor Dennis Walcott (NYC Department of Education), and now, in his current role, Brandon is a NYC public school principal at the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters.  Brandon is committed to service in education because, he says, “when we strategically nurture young people, we are fighting against racial and economic injustice, leading us to develop the next generation of thoughtful, caring, ambitious and service-minded global citizens.”  Brandon also co-founded Project Nathanael, a nonprofit that has developed and supported a tuition free, co-ed school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Principal at Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters; Co-Founder of Project Nathanael
New York, NY
“I am an educator because I believe that when we close the achievement gap and reduce minority isolation, we are transforming our country and improving economic possibilities"