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.
Maggie Bodanyi is building a mentoring system for new teachers. Maggie teaches 7th and 8th grade language arts at Alexander Graham Elementary School where she also coaches girls basketball, cross country, and track and field. Maggie sponsors the mural club in the after-school all-stars program and serves on the instructional leadership team. Maggie received the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award in 2016. She graduated from Illinois State University with a BA in Elementary Education.
Ryan Burnett is working on service learning projects for middle schoolers to build intrinsic motivation, empathy for others, and awareness. Ryan teaches 7th and 8th grade writing and social sciences at Asa Phillip Randolph Elementary School. She has previously taught middle school mathematics and K-8 Spanish. Ryan is a teacher leader for the reading apprenticeship across the disciplines (RAAD) program at her school. She has worked as a consulting educator and was selected to attend Chicago Public Schools’ Aspiring Assistant Principals Institute Ryan graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in Marketing, Finance, and International Business, and received a MAT from National Louis University and a MA in School Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.
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.
Denise Frasure is working on a consistent, evidence-based collaborative learning environment that spans across grade levels. Denise teaches 6th– 8th grade language arts, writing, and social studies at Clara Barton Elementary School, where she is a teacher leader on the instructional leadership team. Denise previously taught 3rd grade and served as her former school’s network literacy teacher leader. She is a former Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) resident teacher. Denise graduated from
Kentucky State University with a BS in Computer Science, received her MBA from Colorado Technical University, and earned her MAT in Elementary Education from National Louis University.
Brad Gill is working on improving formative assessments practices across 9th grade teachers. Brad teaches 9th grade exploring computer science and 12th grade web design II at Curie Metropolitan High School where he also coaches the junior varsity football team, sponsors the Optimista virtual reality summer internship, and mentors vulnerable 9th grade students. Brad is a member of the Network 8 Teacher Leaders and is the co-leader of the freshman success team. Brad is part of the Make Computer Science program with the Chicago Public Libraries and the Museum of Science and Industry. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BS in Career and Technical Education and received his MA in Special Education from Concordia University.
Monica R. Griffin is working on teacher student engagement. Monica teaches 9th grade algebra at Bogan Computer Technical High School. She is a framework for teaching specialist, where she coaches and mentors teachers to support and enhance instructional practices to increase student engagement and achievement. Monica’s previously served as a case manager and freshman academy coordinator, and taught K-8 and world studies. She graduated from Chicago State University with a BA in Education and received her MA in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.