Spero Michailidis is a New Jersey native, but has been proud to call Rochester home since 1997. After graduating from Lehigh University with a degree in Environmental Science, and spending a year in Asia traveling and teaching English in S. Korea, he came to live on staff at the Rochester Zen Center for 3 years. Spero then earned his Masters Degree in Education from Nazareth College, and taught 2nd through 5th grade for 10 years at the Genesee Community Charter School. Spero currently works for the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence (since the Summer of 2014), and teaches nonviolence to middle school students at Northwest Middle School and School #17 in Rochester, New York. He brings to his work a passion for helping others, a commitment to skillful, clear, and nonviolent communication, and a desire to help break the cycle of violence that is so prevalent in so many schools and communities today. He is excited to serve on this Board, and to share both his experiences as an educator from an innovative and successful charter school, as well his commitment to restorative practices and nonviolence education.