Mackenzie Beisser is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Mackenzie teaches 6th-8th grade inclusion English Language Arts and history at CICS West Belden, where she is a member of the parent involvement committee. Mackenzie came to Chicago as a member of the 2013 Teach For America corps. As a corps member, she taught high school self-contained English and worked to lead professional development on co-teaching models. During her corps commitment she completed a Med in special education at National Louis University. She has a BA in early childhood special education from Saint Louis University and a Med in special education from National Louis University.
Jacob Carlson is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Jacob teaches English at Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, IL, where he is also an instructional coach for the district. Jacob was a finalist for the Illinois Early Career Educator of the Year in 2015. In 2016, he was part of an Illinois Network of State Teachers of the Year team whose submission of a state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act was awarded a Top 12 National Finalist designation at the Agents for Learning competition. He remains active in the teacher training process by serving on the Secondary English Education Portfolio Screening committee at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). He graduated from SIUE with a BS in English and is pursuing his MA in English and American Literature.
Kiah Duncan is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Kiah teaches 4th grade at Holmes Elementary School in Harvey, in the community where she grew up. She serves as a positive behavior mentor, is the chairperson of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support committee (PBIS), and is an active member of the district curriculum planning and design team. Kiah has previously taught 1st and 2nd grade at Washington Elementary School and Burr Oak Academy. She is a member of the Alpha Upsilon Alpha Literacy Honor Society and the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. She graduated from Illinois State University in Bloomington - Normal with a BS in Elementary Education and received her MA in Reading from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.
Devin Evans is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Devin teaches 10th grade English Language Arts at Butler College Prep Charter High School on Chicago's far south side. He serves as co-10th grade team lead and master teacher for Butler's humanities department. Devin has written blogs on the importance of black male teachers in classrooms and racially-discriminatory school discipline policies. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Social Science Education and History and is pursuing a Masters in English Language Arts from Relay Graduate school of Education.
Jesse Faber is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Jesse is an agriculture science educator at Pontiac Township High School in Pontiac, IL, and has taught a variety of agriculture science, science, and technology courses since entering the classroom in 2006. Jesse serves as an adviser for the Pontiac Future Farmers of America Chapter and has been recognized as an Outstanding Agri-Science Teacher and Outstanding Young Member in the National Association of Agriculture Education. He has served as president and is currently legislative chair of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Educators. Jesse earned a BS and an MS in Agriculture Education from the University of Illinois.
David Hennessey is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. David teaches U.S. government & politics and special education social studies at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, IL, where he also coaches football and track. David is a co-chair of North's union and a member of the school's technology committee. He is serving his first term as an elected Village Trustee in Carol Stream. His focus as an elected official has been on creating a prevention and education program to combat the opium/heroin crisis. David graduated from Elmhurst College with a BA in political science, attended the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy, and received his MEd in special education from Saint Xavier University.
Amanda Kirshner is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Amanda teaches in a kindergarten and 1st grade multi-age classroom at Prescott Elementary School where she is also a local school council teacher representative, professional personnel leadership committee co-chair, and co-sponsor of the drama and Girls on The Run clubs. She has previously taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. Amanda is a National Board Certified teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy and serves on the Golden Apple Foundation's Alumni Relations Council. She graduated from the University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign with a BA in Elementary Education and earned her MA in Reading from Northeastern Illinois University.
Jessica Kwasny is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Jessica teaches general music at Roosevelt Elementary School in Park Ridge IL, and keyboarding at Emerson Middle School in Niles, IL. At Roosevelt, she directs two choruses and facilitates a ukulele club. Jessica has taught music at Field Elementary School, also in Park Ridge, where she was her school's co-representative for the annual Park Ridge community fund drive and served on the diversity committee and the grant subcommittee. Jessica has worked with other District 64 music teachers to rewrite the curriculum and create common assessments for kindergarten through 5th grade. She holds a BA of Music Education from DePauw University and a MA of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University.
Shannon Levitt a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Shannon is an English and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher at Crystal Lake Central High School in Crystal Lake, IL. Since 2002, Shannon has taught all grade and academic levels. She has piloted and is a teacher leader for her school's AVID and AP Capstone program, and is a district professional development instructor for Discipline with Love and Logic and WICOR instructional (AVID) strategies. Shannon serves on the school improvement leadership team and the AVID Site Team at Crystal Lake Central, and is passionate about arts inclusion in education. Shannon earned her BA in English Education from University of Illinois-Chicago and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Webster University.
Lisa Caputo Love is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Lisa is a learning behavior specialist for the intermediate grades at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy in Chicago. She is a National Board Certified teacher with experience in general and special education, endorsements in teaching English Language Learners, middle school instruction, science, and social sciences. Lisa has served as Response to Intervention (RTI) coordinator, director of special education, and local school council representative. She has presented at several conferences, including CFE's Teachers as Leaders Conference, and the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children Conference, and is an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. Lisa earned a BS and a Med in Elementary Education from Loyola University Chicago. She holds a MEd in Instructional Leadership from University of Illinois, Chicago, and a MEd in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.