Jeff began his career in education as a school-based therapist in Philadelphia. Working amidst pervasive community violence and structural poverty, his work focused on helping students on the school-to-prison pipeline’s fast track. This mission involved counseling which incorporated restorative justice interventions and that promoted a trauma-informed learning environment.
These experiences bridging counseling with juvenile justice led to Jeff’s passion for education justice. As an educator, he’s passionate about empowering and advocating on behalf of all students, but particularly the most vulnerable kids––those mislabeled as “problem kids”. Today, he works with students in the most underserved schools, teaching students about mental health, as well as consulting with educators about school climate issues.