Arun started teaching 7th/8th Grade Social Studies at Accokeek Academy in 2014/2015 school year and has remained in that role. In his second year, he became the Social Studies Department Chair and National History Day coordinator. Under his leadership, nine student projects have earned 1st or 2nd place in their category. Arun has served as Student Government Association sponsor as well as served as Assistant Coach for Elementary Boys Basketball team in the PGCPS D.E.A.L League. Additionally, Arun sits on the Board of Directors for the Accokeek Academy PTSA serving as the Teacher Representative.
Arun has also participated actively in the Prince George’s County Educators Association (educators union), serving as a building representative and Faculty Advisory Council Chair at Accokeek Academy. Also in the union, Arun was selected to serve in the Early Career Leadership Fellowship for educators with under five years experience who have demonstrated great leadership in their buildings and express desire to learn about our union. He has traveled across the country advocating and learning about union work. Within the PGCEA, Arun serves on the Community Schools, Restorative Practices, Government Relations, and Future Educators Committee.
Arun has received several accolades during his tenure as a teacher. He was featured in a National Education Association article stemming from a speech he gave at the Minorities, Women, and Leadership conference in Tampa, Florida. The title stated that Arun gave hope to the future of public education in the country. Arun was also awarded the Forty Under 40 award for his work in the field of education. Forty Under 40 celebrates innovators in a myriad of fields including business, economics, public service, and education. Additionally, Arun was selected as a National Education Association’s Thirty Under 30 for his work inside the classroom and activism outside the classroom.
Arun is a proud member of the Prince George’s County Resident Teacher program which provided him an alternative pathway to education certification. While in Resident Teacher, Arun also received Special Education training to meet the needs of students with increased learning disabilities. Arun has also continued his education and is pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership with the Notre Dame of Maryland University.