Jonathan Montero is the founding English teacher at the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering. After graduating with a B.A in English and Philosophy from Canisius College, he spent a year in Austin, Texas as an AmeriCorps member for a college access program named Breakthrough-Austin. The program served, tracked, and supported students and their families from sixth grade all the way to college. The program serves primarily first generation college-bound students -- a demographic that Jonathan identifies, which fuels his drive. Recognizing the importance of how under-supported these students and families are, Jonathan’s experience working with students and families solidified his decision to become a teacher and he made his way back to NYC to become a teacher. A year of after-school programs led him to the New York City Teaching Fellows, where he landed a his first teaching position at BASE and has never thought of leaving. He received an MAT from the Relay Graduate School of Education. Now in his fifth year teaching, he has taught 9th grade English, Seminar, 12th Grade English, Writing Intensive Lab, and Intro to Transformative Justice. He incorporates Culturally Responsive Education in his lessons, curriculum, and classroom culture and continues to hone his practice with research and literature. He is and has been a member of various leadership teams at BASE including Professional Learning Committee, Inquiry Leadership Team, Vision, Graduation Committee, Prom Committee and Hiring Committee. He has also co-led a number of projects and events including BASE Conference 2018 and Equity Conference 2017. As a recently certified mentor, he advocates for teacher growth and racial equity in the teaching field. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys participating in and spectating competitive video game tournaments, which is to no surprise as he is the Competitive Gaming Club coordinator at BASE. He also enjoys hiking, yoga, attending live music shows, and hanging out with his cat Sophie.