Through EdFellows, CJ researches self-directed and independent learning strategies, and then shares them with educators around the state so that they better serve their students. Originally from New Jersey, CJ began his education career as a Teach For America corps member in Philadelphia. There, CJ taught AP Calculus at a charter school before uprooting his life and career to help found Venture Academy High School in Minneapolis. As a teacher, team-leader, and board member at Venture, CJ continues to research and implement self-directed learning strategies in the classroom. He is constantly working to find the most useful and effective strategies for teachers of all experience levels to implement in their classrooms, making them more student-centered and effective. When not at Venture or coaching various sports, CJ can be found on the golf course or relaxing at home with his wife, Sara, a Minnesota native. He received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University with a double major in Economics and Political Science.