Zach Barlia is Atmosphere's 6th Grade Leader. Mr. Barlia graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies and then from Columbia University with a Master's in Public School Building Leadership. Before joining Atmosphere, Mr. Barlia served as an Academic Dean at Achievement First for four years. Mr. Barlia began his career in New Orleans, teaching ELA. He then moved to New York, where he taught Freshman English and Composition at Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts. Mr. Barlia is deeply committed to fostering a rigorous academic environment that teaches all children to be independent critical thinkers and prepares them for a diverse and globalized world.