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Morty Ballen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Explore Schools. Explore Schools' mission is to provide its students with the academic skills and critical-thinking abilities they need to succeed in college-preparatory high schools. Established in 2002 with 168 students, the network now serves over 1,600 students in central Brooklyn in four schools. Prior to founding Explore Schools, Ballen was a 1992 Teach for America corps member in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and taught in South Africa and New York City. He earned his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and his M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Ballen is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.