His article Helping Teachers Navigate the Path of Accountability  was featured in Education Week.  His article The Complexity of Equity was the cover article for the Winter 2016 edition of  Washington Principal Magazine.  His article Jazzing Up History Class was featured on the cover of Canada’s TEACH Magazine in 2016. His work with jazz and social studies instruction was featured in the documentary Taking Notes:  Jazz and the American Story.  He is the author of The Brilliance Beneath:  The Power of Perspective in Urban Schools.  He is the co-author of Woodstock to Hip-Hop: Convergent Lifelines and the Teaching Journey and the co-editor of Democratic Responses in an Era of Standardization.He was named the 2011 Outstanding Student in Education Leadership for Augusta State University. He was ­­previously the K-12 Social Studies Coordinator for the Richmond County School System in Augusta, GA. He is currently the principal of Marbut Traditional Theme School in the DeKalb County School District. Mr. Mountain received a BA in History from Georgia Southern University and an MA in Elementary Education from Wesleyan College.  He also holds an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from Augusta University.

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André Benito Mountain


André Benito Mountain provides a range of professional development for schools, school districts, and non-profit organizations including site-based workshops and one-day institutes in the following areas:

  • Rebranding Your School – What, How and Why
  • 5 Tenets of the Hip-Hop Principalship
  • Teaching U.S. History through Jazz Culture
  • Room 216: The New Underground Railroad
  • The Brilliance Beneath: The Power of Perspective in Urban Schools
  • The Mountain Principles: 21 Lessons on Leading and Learning
  • Closing the Opportunity Gap
  • Reaching the Male Learner
  • Harnessing Hip-Hop’s Academic Value
  • Lifting the Writer’s Block

He has presented his inspirational mix of reflection and research to educators, leaders, and scholars at:

  • International Conference on Teacher Education; East Sussex, England
  • National Council for the Social Studies; Seattle, Washington
  • Georgia Council for the Social Studies; Athens, Georgia
  • Bellevue School District; Bellevue, Washington
  • Arts in the Heart Festival; Augusta, Georgia
  • Grady High School; Atlanta, Georgia
  • Wesleyan College; Macon, Georgia


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