Nicole Amato
Teaching Policy Fellow
10th grade literature and composition teacher
Pritzker College Prep
Noble Network Charter Schools

Nicole Amato teaches 10th grade classical literature and composition at Pritzker College Prep, a campus of the Noble Network Charter Schools, where she sponsors her campus’ Gay-Straight Alliance and Spoken Word Poetry Club. Encouraging dialogue and social justice is at the heart of Nicole’s work as a teacher. Nicole is a member of The National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). She graduated from Clemson University with a BA in Secondary English Education and received her MA in Literacy from Furman University.

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Kathleen Anderson
Kathleen Anderson
Teaching Policy Fellow
Middle school English language arts teacher
STRIVE - Prep Kepner
Denver Public Schools

Kathleen Anderson is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow.  Kathleen teaches at STRIVE Prep - Kepner, a turnaround school in Southwest Denver.  She was a Colorado Educator Voice Fellow with America Achieves during the 2016-2017 school year and is a finalist for the 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year.  Kathleen graduated with a BA in creative writing from Colorado College and earned an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. 

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Shenise Anderson
Teaching Policy Fellow
A.P. English Teacher
Oakhaven Middle School
Shelby County Schools

Shenise Anderson teaches secondary English Language Arts in Fairley High School. She started her teaching career in 2010 in Memphis. She has taught classes from 9th grade Language Arts to AP English literature and composition. She has taken on various leadership roles both at her school and within the district. Currently, she is a curriculum writer, a learning coach, Common Core leader and her school's National Honor Society advisor. Prior to becoming a teacher, Shenise worked as an accountant. Shenise holds a BA in English and an MS in Accounting from Alabama A&M University.

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Mario Andrade
Teaching Policy Fellow
4th grade Long Term English Learners teacher
Teresa Hughes Elementary School
Los Angeles Unified School District

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.    

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Sabrina Anfossi Kareem
Teaching Policy Fellow
12th grade research & rhetoric teacher
Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy
Charter School

Sabrina Anfossi Kareem teaches 12th grade research & rhetoric at the Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. A Rosenthal Social Justice Scholarship Award recipient, Sabrina presented about her work using reading as activism at the 2015 conference of the National Council for Teachers of English. Sabrina earned her BA in English Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Jennifer Aponte
Teaching Policy Fellow
K-1 Teacher, Sheltered English Instruction (SEI)
David A. Ellis Elementary School
Boston Public Schools

Jennifer is an eighth-year K1 Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) teacher at the David A. Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury, MA. Passionate about teaching young children, she believes in education as the ultimate equalizer. She regularly organizes and executes department-wide initiatives such as beginning the NAEYC accreditation process to strengthen and highlight Ellis' best early childhood practices. Jennifer served for two years as a member of the Ellis' School Site Council, making school-wide decisions regarding curriculum, teaching and learning, family and community engagement and budgeting. She has continuously engaged in the growth and development of K1 curriculum and programming on a district-wide level. Most recently, she participated in a focus group to modify and extend the district's K1 language and literacy curriculum. Jennifer is certified in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English as a Second Language and Reading. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Boston University and her MEd in Language and Literacy from Simmons College.

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Jason Appel
Teaching Policy Fellow
9th-12th grade math teacher
Barrington High School
Barrington Public Schools

Jason Appel is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow, and a high school math teacher with twenty-one years of public school experience. He spent his first eleven years in New York City middle and high schools, and the last ten at Barrington High School in Barrington, Rhode Island. Jason completed a two-year FuseRI fellowship with the Highlander Institute, where he worked to scale blended and personalized learning across the state of Rhode Island. He has presented at iNACOL, The Blended and Personalized Learning Conference, Tech and Learning Live, and numerous other education technology events around New England. Jason earned his BS in mathematics from the University of Oregon, and his MA in secondary mathematics education from New York University.

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Juan Aragón
Juan Aragón
Teaching Policy Fellow
AP Spanish language and culture teacher
West Mesa High School
Albuquerque Public Schools

Juan Aragón is a Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow.  Juan teaches AP Spanish language and culture at West Mesa High School where he serves as the bilingual coordinator and chair for the Modern and Classical Languages department.  Juan has served as a member of the inaugural Secretary’s advisory board, is the co-founder of La Resolana Leadership Academy charter school, and has served as principal at Robert F. Kennedy Charter high school.  Juan graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and earned a MA in Educational Administration from the University of New Mexico.

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Jill Armington
Teaching Policy Fellow
3rd grade teacher
Paramount School of Excellence
Charter School

Jill Armington is a Teach Plus Indianapolis Teaching Policy Fellow who teaches 3rd grade at Paramount School of Excellence. Jill began her teaching career as a Title I Reading and Mathematics teacher for students in grades 3-8 at Andrew Academy. There, she developed a new school-wide data tracking system and ran an after-school enrichment club. An active member of the community, Jill coordinated the Eat Well Club, an initiative of local non-profit Growing Places Indy, for elementary and middle school students to learn about gardening and healthy living. Most recently, she was the August 2015 Teacher of the Month at Paramount. Jill graduated from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University with a BA in Sociology and a BA in International Politics.  She earned her MA in Teaching from Marian University.

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Jennifer Armstrong 4th grade teacher
Jennifer Armstrong
Teaching Policy Fellow
4th grade teacher
Hillcrest Elementary School
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Jennifer Armstrong is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow.  An educator since 2009, Jennifer teaches 4th grade at Hillcrest Elementary School in Northglenn, Colorado. She is the facilitator of the school-wide Response to Intervention team and serves as grade level chair. Prior to teaching at Hillcrest, Jennifer taught 3rd grade at Mission Manor Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading from Grand Canyon University. 

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