Jose Vilson is a math teacher, coach, and data analyst for a middle school in the Inwood / Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, NY. He graduated with a bachelorís degree in computer science from Syracuse University and a masterís degree in mathematics education from the City College of New York. A New York City Teaching Fellows, Jose Vilson spoke at the NYCTF Induction Ceremony in 2007 in Lincoln Center. He has worked on developing professional development for his fellow teachers on such topics as working on goals for the classroom and using the ARIS system, a data management system under the NYC Department of Education. Through his work as an educator, heís developing a citywide and national voice for all teachers, working with groups such as the Teacher Leaders Network and the General Electric Fund to promote new ideas for educators.
When not working on these occupations, heís also a committed poet, writer, and community organizer. He is currently collaborating on a book about the future of education with the Teacher Leaders Network, as well as an individual book concerning the present education of underrepresented students. He currently serves as the president of the Latino Alumni Network of Syracuse University, and board member for Media Make Change, an organization committed to the integration of social justice and social media. Heís part of the first cohort of Acentos Fellows as part of the Acentos Foundation, and a member of LATinos In Social Media (LATISM), the Capicu Poetry Group, BlogCritics, and the AfroSpear.
He has been featured in American Latino TV, CNN, Black Web 2.0, Electronic Village, and Common Cents / Penny Harvest. He is also a part-time web designer, working for Tara Betts and SassyWomenOnline.com, and is arguably the greatest New York Yankees live-tweeter in Twitterís short history. At least according to him.