Stefan Berthelsen
Teaching Policy Fellow
5th grade bilingual teacher
Stephen C. Foster Elementary
Dallas Independent School District

Stefan Berthelsen teaches bilingual 5th grade in Dallas ISD. He has served as the implementation coordinator of a restorative justice program on his campus, and he now serves as a social-emotional learning coach. He graduated with a BA from the University of Texas in two-way dual immersion bilingual programs.  

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Angela Burke
Teaching Policy Fellow
8th grade science teacher
Dallas Environmental Science Academy
Dallas Independent School District

Angela Burke teaches physics and astronomy at Dallas Environmental Science Academy, a magnet middle school in Dallas ISD. A Teach for America alumna, Angela has worked in a charter high school, a traditional middle school, and a magnet middle school.  She works with the Physics & Astronomy Department at Texas A&M University - Commerce (TAMUC) to develop current and future physics teachers through a group she founded called the Community for the Advancement of Physics Education (CAPE).  Angela graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Secondary Education with an emphasis in science and earned an MS in Physics with an education emphasis from TAMUC.

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Nicole Burton
Teaching Policy Fellow
10th grade world history inclusion teacher
Del Valle High School
Del Valle Independent School District

Nicole Burton teaches 10th grade world history inclusion at Del Valle High School in Del Valle ISD, southeast of Austin.  Nicole started her career as an educational aide in 2003 at George Bush High School in Fort Bend ISD and became a classroom teacher the following year.  She helps support, empower, and mentor student teachers from St. Edwards University and Texas State University during their classroom observations. Nicole has created the world history curriculum for the University of Texas High School and is the founder of Honored2Teach LLC, a continuing professional education provider for Texas educators. Nicole earned a BA in History from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. 

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Geoff Carlisle
Teaching Policy Fellow
8th grade science teacher
KIPP Austin College Prep
KIPP Austin Public Schools

Geoff Carlisle teaches 8th grade science at KIPP Austin College Prep, where he also serves as the district middle school science curriculum leader, Science Olympiad coach, and Ultimate Frisbee co-coach. Geoff also serves on the district’s social justice task force, and is a teacher advisory board member for the Teacher Career Pathway. Before teaching at KIPP, he taught in Hazlehurst, Mississippi as a Teach For America corps member and served as TFA’s middle school science learning team leader. Geoff has worked for Dallas ISD board member Miguel Solis in the Urban Leaders Fellowship, and with the Mississippi Department of Education through a fellowship with Leadership for Educational Equity. He graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Music.

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Anthony Castro
Teaching Policy Fellow
3rd grade bilingual teacher
Stephen C. Foster Elementary
Dallas Independent School District

Anthony Castro teaches 3rd grade bilingual students at Stephen C. Foster Elementary School in Dallas ISD. He has previously taught pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. A Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth alum, Anthony is the co-chair of the language proficiency assessment committee on his campus. He was an Ed Fellow in the instructional leadership cohort through Teaching Trust and has worked as a diversity, equity, and inclusiveness dialogue facilitator for Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth’s 2016 Summer Institute.  Anthony was also lead trainer for Border Crossers, an organization that strengthens educators’ analysis of how racism manifests in schools and equips them with tools to create more equitable classrooms. He holds a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida and an MA in Bilingual Education from Southern Methodist University. 

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Nathan DuPont
Teaching Policy Fellow
6th-10th grad humanities teacher
Advanced Learning Academy
San Antonio Independent School District

Nathan DuPont teaches 6th-10th grade humanities at the Advanced Learning Academy in San Antonio, including integrated English/social studies courses with mixed grade levels and an elective on the history of videogames. Nathan also serves as the social studies department chair and a critical friends group facilitator at ALA. He previously taught 9th grade English and social studies at Anderson High School in Austin, where he was also the director of speech and debate and UIL academics. Nathan earned a BA in Political Science and an MA in teaching from Trinity University.  

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Plácido Gómez
Teaching Policy Fellow
Pre-calculus teacher
IDEA Weslaco College Prep
IDEA Public Schools

Plácido Gómez teaches AP Calculus and created a summer seminar he teaches called Civil Rights: Then and Now at IDEA Weslaco College Prep in the Rio Grande Valley. Previously, Plácido taught high school math in San Antonio.  He graduated from Rice University with a degree in Mathematical Economic Analysis and earned his Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a cofounder of the Young Owls Leadership Program, an annual weeklong summer program that teaches leadership skills and college preparation to Houston ISD high school students. 

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Christopher Green
Teaching Policy Fellow
7th grade writing teacher
Rhodes Middle School
San Antonio Independent School District

Christopher Green teaches 7th grade writing at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio ISD, where he coaches football and boys’ basketball team. During the summer of 2016, Christopher was a LEE Policy and Advocacy Fellow with San Antonio Independent School District’s Governmental and Community Relations Department.  A Teach for America alum, he is a founding member of SA RISE (Rising In Solidarity for Equity), a community organizing group focusing on issues of equity in education.  Prior to becoming an educator, Christopher was program director at KTSW 89.9 FM and won RadioFlag’s Radio Star award for best music show.  He graduated with a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism from Texas State University and is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Education at Johns Hopkins University.

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Kendra P. Hart
Teaching Policy Fellow
9th-12th grade Spanish teacher
KIPP Sunnyside High School
KIPP Houston Public Schools

Kendra teaches Spanish 2 and AP Spanish language and culture at KIPP Sunnyside High School in Houston, where she also serves as the 10th grade level chair and cheerleading coach. At the district level, Kendra is the curriculum writer for secondary Spanish and course lead for Pre-K through 12th grade Spanish. Kendra earned her BA in Spanish in at College of Charleston. 

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Taylor Hawkins
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school math teacher
Lanier High School
Austin Independent School District

Taylor Hawkins teaches Algebra 1 and Geometry at Lanier High School in Austin, where he also serves as Algebra 1 PLC Lead, an instructional coach, and as an AISD demonstration classroom teacher. 
Taylor has previously taught in a variety of contexts including at an elementary school in Puebla, Mexico, a middle school in Phoenix, Arizona, medical students at Inonu University in Malatya, Turkey, and teachers at IWE Girl’s School in Kigali, Rwanda.  Outside of the classroom, Taylor helps to advance educational outcomes for his students by serving as a board member with Austin Kids First Action. Previously, he has sat on Dr. Cruz’s Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council and on the Teach for America Austin Alumni Board as chair of the Educator Support Committee. He holds a BS in International Studies from Texas A&M University and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. 

 

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