Dr. Scott Conti is the founding principal of New Design High School (NDHS). The school, located in the Lower East Side of New York City, uses the concept of design to assist in meeting the holistic needs of adolescents, including the academic, intellectual, social, emotional and artistic sides of students. He was born in the East Bay of Northern California. A graduate of St. Mary's College of California, Conti decided to pursue a career in teaching high school social studies teaching at Mount Diablo High School in Concord, California. He left the classroom to enter the Curriculum and Teaching doctoral program at Teachers College Columbia University. Upon graduation, Conti was approached by the New York City Department of Education to develop a small public school in the Seward Park Campus. Conti is entering his ninth year as a principal and has been constantly humbled at the process of developing a great urban school with an eye of educational innovation. This will be his third year teaching the Mediastorm class which he developed. He is currently working on his first book entitled, "Vigor: A New Design to Education." He lives in Brooklyn, is married to a tall Dutch girl, an avid soccer player, always on his bike, loves his work and still slowly working toward enlightenment.