Philip Gerlach has taught for fifteen years. He started his teaching career with Teach for America (1998) in Compton, CA. He currently teaches 8th grade English at Edwin Markham Middle School in Watts. Philip is National Board Certified in English and is the 8th grade lead teacher. He serves on the Teacher Advisory Board for Educators 4 Excellence and he is a member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.