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Rich joined Uplift Education in the summer of 2011 to lead the Teaching and Learning Team, after serving as the founding Middle School Director for the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), the highest performing school in terms of student achievement and growth in Denver Public Schools. While at DSST, Rich was also nationally recognized by the New Leaders for New Schools? Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) program for accomplishing breakthrough student achievement gains ? his school had the second highest student value add growth nationally of all charter middle schools, as measured by a longitudinal study through Mathematica Policy Research. Prior to this, after graduating from the University of Chicago in 1998, Rich taught middle and high school English in New York City for 5 years and in Denver for 2 years. In his first school leadership role, Rich served as a principal and English teacher for KIPP: Cole College Prep - the first conversion charter school in the nation. At Uplift Education, Rich manages teams that provide support to 34 schools and 14,000 students with instructional coaching, curriculum and assessment, data analytics and performance management, instructional technology and platform development, and school evaluation. Additionally, Rich oversees teacher hiring and leadership pipeline development so that Uplift Education can continue to grow its impact on the Dallas Fort Worth region. He brings a wealth of experience around school start up, leadership transformation, organizational culture, and systems around instruction, assessment and curriculum, and looks to continue his learning and leadership. He is a Fellow of the 14th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.