Stephen Holzer

Grade & Content Lead

"Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes." - John Dewey

Over my eight years as a classroom teacher, I have had the privilege of working with an incredible cohort of educators. During my early years teaching fourth and fifth grade in Connecticut and Manhattan, I focused on employing the theoretical understandings of teaching in the classroom while pursuing my graduate degree at Bank Street College of Education. This prepared me to work at my first charter school in the north Bronx, where I taught third grade for two years. At Bank Street, my faculty advisor opened a whole new world to me in the field of mathematics education, and this passion has only continued to blossom over time. After living in New York City for three years, I decided to move to Ecuador, where I could be closer to my extended family and explore the world. After teaching fourth grade abroad for two years, I was ready for my next professional challenge and returned to New York to teach seventh grade math at the same charter school in the north Bronx, where I was lucky enough to teach many of my former students! After years of mentoring new teachers and taking on various other teacher leadership roles, I knew I was ready to leave the classroom full-time so that I could use my experience and math expertise to grow teachers and develop math curriculum. This brought me to Brilla Public Charter schools, which I believe embodies the ideal environment and school culture to develop leaders, teachers, scholars and families alike around a common purpose: to prepare our urban youth for excellence in high school, college and beyond.