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Morty Ballen is the Senior Vice President, Global Academics for Christel House International a holistic model that provides education, health care, character development, and career and college readiness to more than 6,000 students in Jamaica, Mexico, South Africa, India and the US. Prior, Morty was the Program Director for Global Schools Forum (GSF), an NGO that advocates for and strengthens the non-state education sector (low-fee independent schools). Prior to his role at GFS, he was the Founder & CEO of Explore Schools, located in Brooklyn, NY, which grew over twenty years to a network of eight charter schools providing 2,000 low-income elementary and middle school students with the academic skills and critical-thinking abilities they need to succeed in a college-preparatory high school.
Morty began his career as an middle and high school English teacher in Louisiana, then South Africa, and New York City. Morty earned his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and earned his M.A. in Educational Administration from Teachers College/Columbia University. Morty is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.