John Ortolano has officially returned to the AFSE family after a two year New York City Teaching Fellowship. Originally beginning his educational career at AFSE during the 2016-2017 school year as a paraprofessional, he quickly became an intricate role in the classroom by not only assisting his one-to-one student, but also ensuring all students in the classroom had a helping hand. Through his initial tenure at AFSE, he was encouraged by all staff members to pursue a career in teaching. Taking their advice, he applied to the New York City Teaching Fellows where he began his teaching career in Cohort 29 while simultaneously attaining a M.S. in Teaching from Pace University. However, he wasn't always a teacher... prior to becoming an educator, he attended Montclair State University for a B.S. in Real Estate & Economics and Columbia University for a M.S. in Sustainability Management. Utilizing his previous academic and professional careers in finance and sustainability, along with his devotion to helping others, he brings a set of fresh eyes and thoughts to the team to better prepare our students for life after high school.