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Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher/administrator who believes that students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one. While helping to reclaim and rebuild the Bronx, Stephen has moved generations of his students into spheres of personal successes they could've never imagined. Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown over 30,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance.

Dedicated to harvesting hope and cultivating minds, Stephen dreams of opening a nationally replicable Career Technical Education public school in the poorest Congressional District in America rooted in urban agriculture, and sustainable initiatives. Stephen recently lost over 100 pounds modeling positive behavior and eating what he and his students grow in school.

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