Jordan Greenwald graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in psychology. That drive to understand and connect with people initially led him to the high school classroom for six years, during which time he earned a Master’s in Literacy to help students access complex texts and tasks in Creative Writing, Debate, English 12, and AP Literature. A constant explorer, Jordan has spent the years since coaching incoming ELA teachers with Teach for America, supporting 6-12th grade ELA teachers to create a relationship-centered curriculum, and tutoring students with a variety of learning differences as young as elementary school.
Whether working with child or adult learners, his approach is informed by an ADHD diagnosis he received in middle school, which forced him to learn systems of organization and focus while maximizing engagement and enjoyment for learners across a wide spectrum of needs, skills, and interests. For some students, school learning comes easily, but for many of us, it takes a dedicated and responsive team. Toward that end, the author of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, captures Jordan’s essential approach: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”