Margaret (Meg) Amarante is a Teach Plus Indianapolis Teaching Policy Fellow. Meg teaches 5th-8th grade self-contained science at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle School, where she supports inclusion 6th grade math and literacy as the grade level Teacher of Record as well as facilitates SPED-specific professional development for her peer teachers. Previously, she worked as a special educator at TC Howe Community High School, teaching 9th-12th self-contained English. Meg graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Biology and a minor in English and received her Master’s in Teaching with a focus on Special Education from Marian University.
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.
Ron Anaya is a Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Ron teaches 9th grade world geography at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (WSCA) in Rocklin, California. He founded and advises a DECA chapter at WSCA, whose student-run store has been nationally recognized for excellence, an accolade entered into the Congressional record by Rep. Tom McClintock. Ron has previously served as the English department chair, coached varsity baseball and volleyball, and served on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) team. He is an active member of his community, serving on the Education Advisory Council for the 6th assembly district of California, a member of Post 169 of the American Legion (Roseville), and a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. Ron received his BA in History from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and completed his graduate work at UC Davis.
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.
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.
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.
Brionnie Andrews is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Brionnie is a 1st grade teacher at Ann Lynch Elementary School in Las Vegas, where she serves as grade level chair and member of the cultural competency committee. Brionnie previously worked in Seoul, South Korea and Madrid, Spain as an ESL instructor and cultural ambassador. She is an active alumna of The New Teacher Project. Brionnie earned a BS from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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.
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.
Timothy Appel is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Timothy teaches 2nd grade at Roger Clap Elementary in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. Tim served on the governing board during the school’s transition from an Innovation School to an Extended Learning Time school and is a member of the school’s instructional leadership. Tim has also acted as a new teacher developer for Boston Public Schools and hosts student teachers from UMass Boston’s Teach Next Year education program. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Writing from Concord University and MA in Education from Boston College.