Lindsey Bird is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow. She teaches ELD Geography and is the coordinator of the Language Institute, a specialized program serving immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking high school students in California’s Central Valley. Lindsey is a founder of the community advocacy group Community Advocates for Language Institute Families (CALIF). In May 2013, she was awarded “Maestra del Ano” by the Association of Mexican American Educators, and in August 2015 she received the “Amiga of the Year” award from El Concilio. In November 2015, Lindsey was honored as one of five Carlston Family Foundation “Outstanding Teachers of America.” She earned a degree in Social Science from California State University Chico and a master’s degree in Literacy and Digital Learning from the University of San Diego.
Joshua Brown is a Teach Plus California and a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Joshua teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade special education at Holmes Middle School in Northridge, where he also serves as the department chair and advisor to student teachers in local credentialing programs. Joshua is a 3rd generation LAUSD graduate and 2nd generation LAUSD teacher, proudly teaching in the community from which he came. Joshua has also served as a Fulbright Fellow to South Korea through the U.S. Department of State, and an Earthwatch Fellow to Ecuador. Joshua holds a BA in History and Spanish from Pitzer College, and an MA in Special Education from California State University, Northridge.
Taiesha Fowler is a Teach Plus California and a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Taiesha teaches 6th grade English and history at Paul Revere Charter Middle School in Los Angeles, where she also serves as the English department chair, the annual literary anthology coordinator, and a mentor teacher. Since 2000, Taiesha has served in elementary and middle schools as a teacher and literacy coach. Through the UCLA Writing Project and the Teach Plus TLPL Initiative, Taiesha has provided professional development for hundreds of teachers. She is a National Board Certified teacher, a LAUSD CCSS Writing Fellow, and a CCSS Lead Teacher. Taiesha earned a BS in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters in Professional Writing from University of Southern California, as well as a multiple subject and English credential.
Leo Fuchs is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow, and is the founding principal of Learning Without Limits Elementary School. Leo worked with a group of parents and teachers to design Learning Without Limits while serving as assistant principal at Jefferson Elementary School in Oakland. As principal, he has facilitated significant gains in student achievement, and led staff and families to successfully petition for charter status. Prior to becoming a principal, Leo worked as a teacher on special assignment at Explore Middle School and a resource specialist and Teach For America corps member at Frick Middle School. Leo holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Non-Profit Management from Brandeis University.
Shadia Ghoneim-Sobel is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow who teaches 12th grade Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics, Principles of American Government, and economics at ArTES Magnet High School on the Cesar Chavez Learning Academies Campus in San Fernando. Shadia is a member of the instructional leadership team and serves as the Social Science department chair. She earned a BA in Anthropology and minors in Spanish and Middle Eastern North African Studies, and a MEd in secondary education with an emphasis in Arts Education and Engagement from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Latosha Guy is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow. Latosha is a National Board Certified reading/language arts teacher at King/Drew Magnet High School in South Los Angeles. Latosha has taught reading intervention, language development, Advanced Placement English, and a special all male English Literature course, and has also been a teacher librarian. She has facilitated professional development and literacy trainings at her school, and nationally through the National Alliance of Black School Educators. Latosha has also sponsored clubs and student organizations, in addition to creating schoolwide literacy events. She has been recognized by the United States Department of Education’s Initiative on Excellence for African-Americans, and is featured in “A View from the Top: Education at King Drew.” She is the State Superintendent of Education nominee to the California Writing Project Advisory Board, an America Achieves Resident Fellow, a facilitator for the Delta Sigma Theta Teacher Efficacy Campaign, and an online facilitator for the NEA ed Communities.
Timothy Hilton is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow who teaches 10th grade world history and 12th grade psychology at Manual Arts Senior High School in South Los Angeles. Timothy currently serves as the new teacher support coordinator and Reed-appointed mentor teacher for his school site. Timothy has previously served on the school instructional leadership team, as a lead teacher, and was elected to serve as a school site council chair. Timothy received his BA in U.S. History, and his MA in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Long Beach. He is pursuing a PhD in Education: Policy, Evaluation, and Reform at Claremont Graduate University.
Stephanie Kozofsky is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow. Stephanie teaches 12th grade social justice at Valor Academy High School in Los Angeles, where she coaches the varsity girls soccer team, co-facilitates restorative justice circle training for students, and leads the flag football club. Stephanie is a diversity, equity, and inclusiveness session facilitator at Teach for America Los Angeles for first and second year teachers. A Teach for America Chicago 2014 corps member, Stephanie taught 12th grade world literature, 12th grade European history, and 10th grade English at Pritzker College Prep. Stephanie graduated from Pace University with a BA in English Language and Literature and is pursuing her MSEd from Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
Karin Kroener-Valdivia is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow. She teaches 10th and 12th grade English at Hollywood High School's New Media Academy in Los Angeles. Karin has taught at LAUSD since 1998 and has held quasi-administrative roles at several schools, including bilingual coordinator, SLC lead, BTSA support provider, instructional leadership team member and Linked Learning lead teacher. Karin has spent a year at the district office and has worked as a program coordinator for the Linked Learning Office. She is National Board Certified teacher and, while at the district level, was on a grant writing team that helped secure $22 million in grant funding for Linked Learning schools. She received a BSBA from University of Arizona and an MA in Child Development, with a specialization in Bi-Cultural Development, from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena.
Jennifer Lopez is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow who teaches 6th grade history at Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy in San Fernando. At NECA, she serves as the girls’ soccer coach, student council advisor, and the induction and alumni teach project mentor. Jennifer has presented at several conferences across the country, including the California/Northwest World History Association Conference, the Learning Disabilities Association Conference, and the ECET2 Los Angeles Conference. She has also participated in summer teacher travel groups to India, China, and Japan. In 2015, Jennifer worked on Educators 4 Excellence’s Teacher Policy Team that wrote "One School of Thought: Moving Towards the Common Core." She received her BA in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MAT in Social Studies Education from Duke University.