Timothy Appel is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Timothy teaches 2nd grade at Roger Clap Elementary in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. Tim served on the governing board during the school’s transition from an Innovation School to an Extended Learning Time school and is a member of the school’s instructional leadership. Tim has also acted as a new teacher developer for Boston Public Schools and hosts student teachers from UMass Boston’s Teach Next Year education program. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Writing from Concord University and MA in Education from Boston College.
Ana Teresa Black Veino is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Ana Teresa is an elementary music and cocurricular lead teacher at Match Community Day in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Ana Teresa was a founding member of the award-winning children's choir "Pequeños Cantores.” Earlier in her career, she taught bilingual choir (Spanish-English) at Margarita Muñiz Academy where she was part of the team that in 2015 earned the Grammy Signature Enterprise Award for the music department's efforts of highlighting the importance of music education in underserved communities. Ana Teresa earned a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies Concentrations from the University of Houston.
Sarah Boone is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Sarah is a 5th grade teacher in an inclusion classroom at the Guild Elementary School in East Boston. She came to teaching through the Boston Teacher Residency program, and has taught in the upper elementary grades at the Guild since. She serves on her school's instructional leadership team and social-emotional learning team and is the co-founder of the Guild Inclusion Team, which focuses on improving inclusive practices schoolwide. Sarah earned her BA in Child Development from Tufts University and her MEd from University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Stephanie Bryd is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Stephanie is a Pre-K teacher in an inclusion classroom at the Mendell Elementary School in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. She has served on her school's instructional leadership and the literacy leadership team. Stephanie earned a BS in Business from Bryant University and a MEd from UMass Boston through the Teach Next Year program.
Brandon Byrd is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Brandon teaches 5th grade English Language Arts and social studies at Barnstable United Elementary School. He is a curriculum writer for Barnstable Public Schools and serves on the committee for multi -tiered system of support as well as the school's research and data team. Brandon earned a BA in Elementary Education from Saint Augustine's College, and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.
Sarah Clancey is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Sarah teaches anatomy, physiology, and biology enrichment at the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts. She previously taught chemistry at City on a Hill Dudley Square in Roxbury, and 7th grade science at Talbot Middle School in Fall River, Massachusetts. Sarah earned a BS in Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MEd in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University.
Courtney Connor is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Courtney teaches 5th grade special education at Bentley Academy Charter School is Salem, Massachusetts, where she is the K-5 special education teacher leader focusing on the use of data collection, data actions plans, and the use of re-teaching strategies to meet and surpass IEP goals and objectives. Courtney previously taught kindergarten in Round Rock, Texas as a TFA Corps Member. She earned a BA in Art Education from the University of Maine, Orono, and a MEd from Boston University.
Fabiola Cordano is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Fabiola teaches 4th grade in an inclusion classroom at Young Achievers Science and Math School in Mattapan, Massachusetts, where she serves on her school's site council and positive behavior incentive & supports team. Prior to teaching at Young Achievers, Fabiola taught 2nd grade at Orchard Gardens in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and taught kindergarten at the Joseph Hurley School in Boston. Fabiola earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology at UMass Boston and a MEd in Elementary Education with a specialty in English Language Learners in the Boston Teacher Residency Program through the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Kevin Cormier is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Senior Fellow. Kevin teaches 7th and 8th grade math at Nissitissit Middle School in Pepperell, Massachusetts. 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 has directed a fall 2016 regional convening. He earned a BA in Communications from the University of New Hampshire, a MEd in Curriculum and Teaching from Fitchburg State University, and pursuing a doctorate in Math and Science Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Kevin completed the 2016-17 Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship program.
Michelle Dean is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Michelle teaches 8th grade humanities at the Josiah Quincy Upper School in Boston, where she is the student life coordinator and serves on the school site council. Michelle is a member of the Massachusetts Council of Social Studies and has been a presenter at the Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies. She was a National World War II Museum Summer Institute Fellow and was selected to study the Pacific Theatre of World War II in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Michelle earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.