Mario Andrade is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Mario teaches 4th grade Long Term English Learners (LTEL) at Teresa Hughes Elementary School, where he provides students the before- and after-school access to modern band instruments and serves as the school’s union chapter chair. He previously served as magnet coordinator at Independence Elementary School. Mario became a teacher after being inspired by his high school English teacher’s positive attitude and ability to connect with students on a personal level. He earned a BA in English and Mexican American Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills and received his MEd in Administration from California State University, Northridge.
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.
Jalina Ramirez Chatzipantsios is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. As a 6th grade lead demonstration teacher for the Business Entrepreneurial and Technology (BET) Magnet at Nightingale Middle School, Jalina develops and bridges the BET curriculum with Hillside Elementary. Jalina is a member of the instructional leadership team and school site council. She has established a partnership with the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and is part of the Entrepreneurial Mindset Pilot Team. In 2011, Jalina joined founding members of the Julian Nava Learning Academy pilot school where she formed part of the rollout for blended learning and was voted a governance council member. Jalina earned a BA in Sociology from UC Irvine and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Christine Chiu is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Christine is a 1st grade English teacher at Broadway Elementary’s Mandarin dual Immersion program, where she serves as a grade level chair and writing curriculum trainer. She was awarded the Mandarin Excellence Initiative Best Practice award and grant to develop a Mandarin cultural and historical curriculum for dual immersions. Formerly, Christine was a founding teacher’s assistant turned long-term substitute at Citizens of the World Charter School in Silver Lake/Echo Park for a 2nd and 3rd grade combination class. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a BA in Psychology and Education and MEd through UCLA’s Teacher Education Program.
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.
Marlena Gonzalez is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Marlena teaches 2nd grade in the dual language program at Vista del Valle Dual Language Academy, where she also serves as the dual language lead teacher. Marlena is a voting member of the school site council and is part of her school’s instructional leadership team. She has previously served as testing coordinator, intervention coordinator, and English language development expert. Marlena graduated from Boston University with a BA in Political Science.
Victor Gonazlez is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Victor teaches 6th grade humanities (English Language Arts and Ancient Civilizations) at Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy #4 (ACRMA #4), where he is also the English department chair, grade level chair, and director of the winter talent show. In 2015, Victor was named one of Alliance College Ready Public School's Teachers of the Year. Victor builds curriculum that helps young minds develop a language and framework to think deeply about race, class, and gender. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in English literature.