Michael Kurdyla is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Change Agent Teacher Leader. Michael is a 9th and 11th grade English arts teacher at San Pedro High School in San Pedro, California. Born into a family of educators, he returned to teach at his alma mater in 2006. Michael has served as a lead facilitator as well as GATE coordinator for his school. In 2016, he became the first teacher at his school to become National Board Certified (Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts). Michael works with new teachers as a mentor to support teacher retention under the Reed Investment Schools Partnership and with the Beginning Teacher Growth & Development Induction (BTGDI) program for Los Angeles Unified School District. Michael earned his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara.