Justin Darnell is co-founder and executive director of Launch Network. He co-founded Launch to close the opportunity gap by shifting people, time, and money to focus on the students furthest behind. Before joining Launch, Mr. Darnell helped create and implement the Teacher Leadership and Collaboration strategy in Denver Public Schools. He spent six years as a science teacher at Bryant Webster ECE-8 and was selected as the 2010 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Mr. Darnell earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado.