Joel's Open Road


    Team Southern Route


New York City Schools

“It's very hard to get up day in and day out and not be excited about what you're doing; so, I guess because of that, I've been willing to take some strange curves and detours in the road.”


Education Government


Inspiration Culture Transitions Fulfillment


Teaching / Mentoring


  • Says he went "from public housing to the West Wing in the White House."
  • If it wasn't for his education, his poor childhood in Queens could've steered him in a vastly different direction.
  • As a child, his father would take him to watch public trials; he was exhilarated by the snappy cross-examinations.
  • When he was 13, he heard John F. Kennedy's famous, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country" speech.
  • That speech inspired his life's practices, influenced his decision to go to law school.
  • After law school, he was a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.
  • From there, he joined the Clinton Administration, working in the Department of Justice; infamously prosecuted "Goliath," aka Microsoft.
  • Made the switch from law to education because he feels overhauling the system is the fight he's been training for all his life.

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