Donyale D. Andrews is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Donyale is a 1st grade teacher at Kermit R. Booker Sr. Innovative Elementary School, where she is also drama co-teacher, and co-teacher of the after-school program Pretty Brown Girls. She is a 2016-2018 Teach for America member and works with TFA as a transitional team leader, aiding the incoming teachers. Donyale works with the organization VIPKid as an ESL teacher educating young children in Beijing, China, and as a library tutor for Andson, Inc. She earned a BS in Business Administration and an MA of Business Administration focusing on Human Resources from the University of Phoenix.
Brionnie Andrews is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Brionnie is a 1st grade teacher at Ann Lynch Elementary School in Las Vegas, where she serves as grade level chair and member of the cultural competency committee. Brionnie previously worked in Seoul, South Korea and Madrid, Spain as an ESL instructor and cultural ambassador. She is an active alumna of The New Teacher Project. Brionnie earned a BS from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Emily Bassier is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Emily teaches 7th grade earth science and high school Algebra II problem solving, and develops teachers as an instructional coach. She is a founding member of the leadership team at Equipo Academy, a public charter school in east Las Vegas created by a local group of students, families, and teachers. Prior to working at Equipo Academy, Emily taught in the Clark County School District as an elementary school teacher. Emily graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in political science and economics, joined the teaching profession through Teach for America, and earned an MEd in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Ben Beckam is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Ben is a mathematics K-8 instructional coach in the Washoe County School District. In this role, he engages in co-teaching cycles with teachers, writes and vets curriculum documents, and provides professional learning. He is a member of the math content leaders team and serves on the board of the Northern Nevada Math Council. Ben previously taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, served as a mentor teacher for new teachers, and coached the school soccer team. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a BA in psychology and received his MEd in STEM education from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Kenneth Belknap is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Kenneth teaches US government and human geography at Del Sol Academy for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, where he is also chairman of his school’s organization team. Kenneth is the instructional leader for the social studies department and was a member of National Education Association’s and Consortium for Educational Change’s second cohort of the Early Career Leadership fellowship. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a BS in Secondary Education with a focus in social studies.
Aaron Grossman is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Aaron teaches 5th grade at Roy Gomm Elementary in Reno, Nevada. Aaron returned to the classroom in 2015 after five years at the district’s Curriculum and Instruction Department and two years with the Office of School Performance. He was a finalist for the Nevada’s Teacher of the Year in 2018, Washoe County School District’s Teacher of the Year in 2017, and was named an EdWeek Leader to Learn From in 2014 for his teacher led initiative, the Core Task Project. Aaron earned a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Montana in 2001 and his Masters degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University.
Sarah Hartman is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Sarah teaches 2nd and 3rd grade at Elaine Wynn Elementary School in Las Vegas. Sarah is a member of the TNTP Lead Nevada Academy cohort and a previous member of the Nevada Leadership in Educational Equity cohort. Sarah became a teacher after volunteering and advocating for quality instructional equity at Milwaukee urban schools. She graduated from Marquette University with a BS in political science and received her MEd in elementary education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Deanne Hicks is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Deanne is a 4th grade teacher at Kate Smith Elementary in Sparks, Nevada. She is a STEM mentor teacher for Washoe County, and a member of the Teachers Leading Change Cohort. Deanne has taught kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, coached high school, and was an instructional coach in literacy. She has collaborated with colleagues to institute a pre-K program in her Title I elementary school, and to design and implement a district-wide professional development initiative to roll out of the Common Core Standards. Deanne earned a BS in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an a MEd from Lesley College. Deanne is a National Board Certified teacher in Literacy.
Jeff Hinton is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Jeff teaches 11th grade US History at the Advanced Technologies Academy in Las Vegas, where he is the social studies department’s professional learning community leader, National Boards of Professional Teaching Standards facilitator, and founder of the Rock 4 Change, an after-school music enrichment program. Jeff was an inaugural member of the Public Education Foundation’s Teacher Leadership Academy, the 2014 Nevada Teacher of the Year, Smith Center’s Heart of Education winner, and the Nevada Public Education Foundation Teacher of Excellence. Jeff graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a BA and MA in US history and an MEd in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Richard Knoeppel is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Richard teaches 11th and 12th grade architectural design at Advanced Technologies Academy in Las Vegas, where he serves as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department chair, the school organizational team chair, and is member of the school performance plan ream. Richard has been a member of the Nevada STEM Advisory Council since 2013 and has served on standards and assessment writing teams for the Nevada Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education. Richard is a 2017 Nevada Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2014 Magnet Schools of America Region VIII Teacher of the Year, and was inducted into the Clark County School District Excellence in Education Hall of Fame in 2007. Richard is a graduate of the Teacher Leadership Academy through the Public Education Foundation Leadership Institute of Nevada. He graduated from SUNY Oswego with a BS in Industrial Arts Education and an MS in Technology Education.