As the son of a teacher, Evan was always interested in education. He began his teaching career as a coach—running the VIP soccer team for children with special needs and coaching both a boys and girls AYSO team while in high school. In college, at Yale University, Evan continued to work with students as the head of the Luther House Tutoring Program and focused his studies on education policy, writing his thesis on the impact of No Child Left Behind on urban school systems. After graduating, Evan became a sixth-grade teacher in the Bronx, NY while earning his master’s degree in teaching from Pace University. While teaching, Evan helped co-found Educators for Excellence with colleague Sydney Morris in March 2010.