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Published on Apr 10, 2015
Brian Bordainick is a bona fide serial entrepreneur. Working for Teach for America in 2007, he traveled to New Orleans to find a parking lot full of FEMA trailers and the flooded skeleton of a high school. With trailers for classrooms, no money, no supplies, too few desks, and no experience, Bordainick rose to the challenge as full-time teacher and athletic director at G. W. Carver High School in the 9th Ward. He helped raise $1.85 million to construct a state-of-the-art football field and track on Carver’s campus. It empowers the community as it contributes to the health and wellness of students, lowers crime rates by providing after-school activities, and sends a much needed message to the students: Despite the great setbacks they have faced, they still matter. Recognized as one of New Orleans’ highest achieving young entrepreneurs, Bordainick served as entrepreneur in residence for the Idea Village, worked for the mayor of New Orleans, and piloted an education entrepreneurship program. With 4.0 Schools, Bordainick encourages a different dialogue in education to source new, innovative, and alternative learning strategies, many of which are kinesthetically focused. Anderson Cooper 360, ESPN, The Today Show, and CBS News have featured Bordainick. He’s spoken at TEDxGoldenGateED, The Feast Social Innovation Conference, and various universities. Forbes highlighted him on its 30 Under 30: Education list.