Michael Gianfrancesco: As a child, Michael could be found in the darkest corners of the library, where the collected editions of classic Marvel and DC Comics were located. Michael currently teaches high school English at North Providence High School(RI). For over 15 years Michael has been advocating for the use of comics in the classroom. He has produced full scale educational conferences such as the New England Comics Arts in the Classroom Conference and served as Programming Director for Rhode Island Comic Con. Michael has presented on comics literacy for academic institutions such as Harvard, Brown, Fordham and Lesley University, Rhode Island College, Johnson and Wales University, Pennsylvania College of Technology and several comic conventions: San Diego, New York, C2E2, Denver Comic Con, The American Library Association, The Rhode Island Writing Project, NEATE, and NCTE. He is a founding member and current Programming Coordinator of the Comics Education Outreach, a program of Pop Culture Classroom where he writes regular blogs focused on teaching with comics. You can read his graphic novel reviews and other educational musings on www.tryingteacher.com. He’s also Batman.