Ulana Ainsworth is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a third year K0/K1 inclusion/English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at the Lee Academy Pilot School in Dorchester, where she is the before school director and Build Our Kids Success lead trainer, and serves on the personnel subcommittee and the Sunshine committee. Ulana is triple licensed in Mild and Moderate Disabilities Pre-K-8, Elementary Education, and English as a Second Language (ESL). As an early childhood teacher, her goal has always been to teach children to have a growth mindset so they can build a strong sense of self. Ulana holds a BA in Education, with a Special Education minor, from Westminster College, in Pennsylvania. She was a 2012 Boston Teacher Resident in 2012 and earned her MEd from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Emily Banta is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a 2nd grade SEI teacher at the Lawrence Family Development Charter School in Lawrence, MA, where she is a member of her school's SEI team, focusing on finding best Sheltered English strategies to share with colleagues. Emily came to teaching through Teach for America after tutoring students in the District of Columbia's Public Schools. She is dual-certified in English as a Second Language and Elementary Education and has taught a course at Boston University focused on teaching English Language Learners in middle and high school. Emily earned a BA from Georgetown University, and an MEd from Boston University.
Ryan Casey is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow. He is a 5th grade mathematics teacher at the Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Boston Public Schools, where he leads the upper-elementary team of math teachers. Ryan previously taught middle school at Orchard Gardens and high school at an alternative school in Boston. Prior to teaching in Boston, he spent three years in Japan teaching English in a Japanese middle school. Ryan has received training in teaching math and leading math teachers through a Math for America Master Teacher Fellowship and at the Park City Mathematics Institute. Ryan has been a speaker at several conferences and institutes for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He believes that all students should have access to high quality teachers who can deliver expert math classes that lead students to deep understandings of elegant ideas. Ryan earned his BA from Millikin University and an MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Sydney Chaffee is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a 9th grade humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, MA, and the 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and serves as humanities department chair for grades 6-12 and as co-coordinator of a weekly all-school community circle. In 2013, Sydney worked with educators from across the country to write 8th grade ELA curricular modules for EL Education and EngageNY. Sydney has also worked as a mentor teacher for pre-service teachers from Tufts University and Boston University. She earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MEd from Lesley University.
Karen Clark is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a 7th grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at KIPP Academy in Lynn, MA, where she manages an after-school program in partnership with Facebook engineers to teach students computer programming skills. Karen entered teacher training with Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BA from Gordon College and an MEd from Boston University and is dual-certified in English and English as a Second Language.
Kevin Cormier is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Kevin teaches 7th and 8th grade math at Nissitissit Middle School in Pepperell, MA. He has served as a math teacher leader since 2012, and has expanded this role to head up data collection and analysis for the entire North Middlesex regional school district. Kevin was an ECET2 National Convening Attendee in 2016, and is directing a Regional Convening in the fall of 2016. He earned a BA in Communications from the University of New Hampshire, an MEd in Curriculum and Teaching from Fitchburg State University, and pursuing a Doctorate in Math and Science Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Desiree Daring is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a 6th grade math teacher at Spark Academy in Lawrence, MA, where she is the 6th grade team leader. One of two school representatives on the district-wide Teacher Leadership Cabinet, Desiree has been nominated by her school for the Lawrence Public Schools Rising Star Award. Desiree earned ha BA from Williams College and an MEd from Boston University.
Sandra Deval is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a 6th grade math teacher at the Robert E. Melican Middle School in Northborough, MA. She has served as an instructional coach and teacher mentor and has led professional development for Massachusetts teachers on the Common Core. Sandi has also been involved with her school council and other district-wide sub-committees. Sandi earned her B.A. in Mass Communications from Winona State University and her M.A. in Education from Lesley University.
Gina Desir is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow who is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at the Thomas J. Kenny School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Gina began teaching in the Boston Public Schools in 2012 and has previously taught in New Jersey and in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is Boston Teachers Union Representative and serves on the operational leadership team to support aligning the environment to the school's goals and mission. Her love for teaching began at a young age when her family stressed the importance of school and education. Gina earned a BA in Education and Sociology from the College of St. Elizabeth and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Tuyet Dinh is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow who is a kindergarten teacher in a Vietnamese SEI classroom at the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester, MA. She is a member of the extended learning time committee at her school and serves as one of the teacher facilitators for her grade level. Tuyet is triple-certified in ESL, Elementary, and Early Childhood Education. Prior to teaching in Boston, Tuyet was a Teach for America corps member in Houston, TX where she taught 3rd grade and Vietnamese bilingual kindergarten. She is a recipient of the IBJ Global Visions Fund grant to teach students about various world cultures. She is committed to ensuring that immigrant children and their families have access to an equitable education. Tuyet earned her BS from Bates College, and her MEd in the Boston Teacher Residency Program through the University of Massachusetts, Boston.