Jonathan Schorr is a native of Washington, D.C. He graduated from Yale University and earned a California teaching credential at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. He is a former urban public school teacher and a former reporter for the Oakland Tribune. He wrote Hard Lessons under a fellowship from the Open Society Institute. His writing on education has been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Education Week, The Nation, and Salon. He is based in Oakland, California, and enjoys skiing, cycling, and just being outdoors.