Gian Starr is the Assistant Principal at Stissing Mountain Jr./Sr. High School in Pine Plains, NY. Prior to this he was an English Language Arts Teacher in Secondary Education, working across grade levels in rural, urban, and suburban settings throughout New York’s Hudson Valley before earning tenure as a 7th grade ELA teacher in Pine Plains. Gian is a Fellow of the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, where he has led workshops for international students and has mentored a number of MAT teacher candidates. He has worked with the New York State Department of Education in developing their Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework and serves on a stakeholder panel for the redevelopment of assessment and teacher evaluation practices in New York State. He lives with his wife, son, cat, and turkey in New Paltz, NY.