Mark Montero started teaching by joining Teach for America after graduating from UCLA with a degree in Psychology in 2007. As a founding teacher at Aspire Titan Academy in Los Angeles and most recently a teacher at Aspire ERES Academy in Oakland, CA, Mark has taught both 2nd and 3rd grades, looping with the same students for two years in many cases. As a pilot blended learning teacher at Titan, Mark witnessed firsthand the transformative power that blended learning has had on all learners of various learning styles and needs. Mark firmly believe that blended is the way to go – it has transformed his teaching practice and his students’ lives, since they are driving their own individual learning experiences. Mark also believes that blended learning gives his students equitable opportunities to access technology that their more privileged peers have, thus giving them an unprecedented opportunity for educational equity and helping to close the achievement gap.