A National Board Certified math teacher, Bootsie Battle-Holt teaches at Marina del Rey Middle School (MDRMS) where she also serves as the mathematics department chairperson. In nearly a decade of teaching in LAUSD, Bootsie has enjoyed the opportunity to work with students and families from all backgrounds and from all over Los Angeles. In addition, she has written and coordinated over $100, 000 in grants, and has logged years of service on a variety of school site-based committees. Bootsie volunteers in organizations that benefit children in the communities surrounding MDRMS. She earned a BA in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her teaching credential candidate at Cal State, Dominguez Hills, where she helped found an organization to unify and celebrate the accomplishments of other candidates.
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.
Angie Carbajal leads the science department to enable students to be able to interpret and analyze data and justify their solutions. Angie teaches 7th grade science, 7th/8th grade leadership, and sponsors the 8th grade club. She is a member of the Governance Council at NAVA. Angie graduated from the California State University, Los Angeles with a BS in Nutritional Science and received her teaching credential from the California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Miriam B Cardoza teaches high school algebra 1, algebra 2, and pre-calculus at Lincoln High School, where she also sponsors the United Students club. Miriam is the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Program) advisor and is a leader for a professional learning community at Lincoln. She received a City of Los Angeles recognition award for her commitment to giving back to the Lincoln Heights community where she grew up. Miriam graduated from California State University of Los Angeles with a BA in Mathematics.9-12th grade mathematics teacher
Marisa Crabtree and her colleagues are studying the rigor of the tasks they assign to students and determining opportunities to support students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully engage in those tasks. Marisa teaches 9th grade English, advanced English language development, and AP language and composition at Abraham Lincoln Senior High School, where she also coaches the academic decathlon team and sponsors the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) club. Marisa is a member of the district’s English language development teacher leadership team, an alumna of the Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellowship, an Educators for Excellence Summer Resident, and a Lead Summer Resident. She currently serves as her school's United Teacher Los Angeles (UTLA) chapter chair and representative. In 2017, she received the E4E Rebel with a Cause award for her work advocating for students, schools, and communities through her district and union positions. She graduated from Tulane University with a BA in English and received her MEd in School Counseling and Guidance from Point Loma Nazarene University.
Lillyana Dacumos is leading the English department’s work on creating supports and scaffolds for students to independently write a full-bodied essay. Lillyana teaches 9th and AP English language and composition at Huntington Park Institute of Applied Medicine, a pilot school within LAUSD, where she is a sponsor of the feminist club and leads the Girls Build HP group. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in English literature and a BA in Spanish and Portuguese Literature. She received her MA in Educational Policy from California State University, Northridge.
Whitney Feist and her colleagues are working to support students in mathematical problem-solving and explaining their thinking in writing. Whitney teaches 3rd grade at Synergy Charter Academy in South Los Angeles, where she has been a lead teacher since 2015. After receiving her multi-subject credential, Whitney spent a year teaching at a bilingual middle school in Colombia. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Psychology and a MA in Education.
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.