Kip Morales is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Kip teaches 12th grade AP Language & Composition at Alliance Susan and Eric Smidt Technology High School, where he is a national award-winning sponsor of the Junior State of America club. Kip is an “ALLI Coach”, where he regularly observes, collaboratively evaluates, and guides fellow teachers to increase the effectiveness of their teaching. Kip was awarded the 2014 Alliance District-wide Teacher of the Year. He is on the board of directors for the Junior Statesmen Foundation and has previously been a member of the ELA curriculum development team for two school districts, one in New Mexico and the other in Los Angeles. Kip feels he was born a teacher; he continuously has been a teacher of various disciplines since teaching for the Burbank Tennis Club at the age of 16. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BA in English and received his teaching certificate from the University of New Mexico.
Madhulikha Muppidi is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow. She teaches 8th grade math and science at Gateway Middle School, a charter school in San Francisco, where she is the faculty advisor for Girls Who Code. Prior to teaching at Gateway, Madhu taught 8th grade math at Match Middle School in Boston, Massachusetts and at Summit Public Schools in Sunnyvale, California. Madhu graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Business Administration and received her teaching credential through the Match Teacher Residency.
Stephanie Piazza is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow. She is the 8th grade humanities teacher at St. Hope Public School’s PS7 Middle School in Sacramento. In addition to teaching reading, writing, and history to her 8th graders, she supports her school’s reading block and reading-related events. She has served as an academic dean of humanities at Achievement First East New York Middle School. Stephanie has also taught at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and Florence Nightingale Middle School and has worked as a manager of teacher leadership development at Teach for America. When she was a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow, she contributed to the book Learning from the Experts with the piece “Satisfactory? Me? Giving New Teachers the Support They Deserve.” She earned her BA in Philosophy at Scripps College and her MA in Teaching at Loyola Marymount University.
Michelle Pinedo is a Teach Plus California and a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Michelle teaches 2nd grade in a self-contained classroom at KIPP Raices Academy in East Los Angeles. She is on the math committee, and also leads the environmental club. Prior to becoming a teacher, Michelle worked for Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District as a 5th grade tutor and site director for the After-School Safety and Awareness Program. A Teach For America corps member, Michelle received the Houston L.E.A.D.S award for her leadership and support towards her colleagues in the corp. She graduated from the 2009 Teacher TRAC program at Cerritos College and earned a BA in Liberal Studies, along with a multiple subject teaching credential, from California State University, Long Beach.
Jennifer Rodriguez is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow. Jennifer teaches all proficiency levels of English language development at Clarksburg Middle and Delta High Schools, where she also serves as EL Site coordinator, ELAC coordinator, mentors new teachers, and teaches a free ESL class for adult members of the community. Jennifer has presented workshops at CABE in addition to individually and co-presenting several professional development workshops for her colleagues. Jennifer became a teacher in order to share her love of language learning and travel with students who limit themselves and need to be stretched. She graduated from Pacific Union College with a BA in Spanish and received her Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from University of Southern California.
Rebecca Rodriguez is a Teach Plus California and a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. She teaches 11th grade U.S History at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy - Miramar High School, where she also advises the senior committee, is a professional learning community lead, is on the extended leadership team, and is the union representative. Rebecca has been a Policy Fellow with the California Charter School Association and an Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2 ) participant, and has presented on the importance of teacher voice in policy at the National Charter School Summit. A first-generation college student, Rebecca became a teacher to repay her community for the support and opportunities she was given, in order to help students like herself have similar opportunities. She graduated from the California State University of Fullerton with a BA in History and Sociology and a MEd in secondary education.
Liz Sanders teaches English at De Anza High School in her hometown of Richmond, California. At De Anza, Liz serves as the English Department chair, the faculty director of De Anza's student-run Writing Center, and the faculty liaison to her district's academic subcommittee. She founded and oversees her school's Writing Center, which was awarded a WCCUSD Summer of Innovation Grant in 2014 and a Chamberlin Family Foundation Inspiration Grant in 2015, and now has a student staff of 50 students who have worked to make the Center financially sustainable and independent. Liz has successfully led negotiations to lower class size from 38 to 31 at her school site, and she currently serves as the vice chair of bargaining for her local union. Liz holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MA in English Education from Columbia University Teachers College.
Lauren Stuart is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow and is a National Board Certified English Language Arts teacher at El Rodeo School in the Beverly Hills Unified School District. Lauren is a Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow and a Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow, and has participated in peer research on teacher preparation and has studied global education strategies. Lauren began teaching in 2007 with the Los Angeles Unified School District, and taught at Sutter Middle School until 2010. She serves on the instructional leadership team and the district GATE committee, and is the top performing 8th grade ELA teacher in Los Angeles County. Lauren holds a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan and a MA in Education from Pepperdine University.
Lester Vasquez is a Teach Plus California and a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Lester teaches 6th grade English, social studies, and math at the Florence Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles, as well as 6th and 8th grade entrepreneurship at the school’s Business and Technology Magnet. Lester is the community engagement teacher, magnet lead teacher, and is part of the instructional leadership Team. In 2011, Lester became a founding teacher of Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy in South Los Angeles and facilitated the rollout of its blended learning model. He has participated in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teacher to Teacher Panel and was recognized as an LAUSD Teacher of the Year. Lester is also a Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design in the Classroom Teacher. He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a BA in Liberal Studies.
Brenda Young is a Teach Plus California and a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Brenda teaches English and theater at Los Angeles’ John R. Wooden High School, an alternate pathway education center for at-risk teens. She is the school’s spoken word coach for LA’s Classic Poetry Slam, a sponsor for Girls Build LA, and serves as EL Designee and Testing Coordinator. Brenda is a National Board Certified Teacher in career/technical, has been awarded Teacher of the Year for District XI California Continuation High Schools, and was named a Top Ten Educator by the Southern California League of High Schools. She was published as a contributor for “Get Lit,” a curriculum for teaching spoken word, and co-authored the “Young Worker Rights” curriculum especially designed for continuation schools to educate teens about worker health, safety, and rights. Brenda graduated from Utah State University with a BA in English/Speech/Theatre.