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.
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.
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.
Ray Baker is a special education teacher at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a high school on Chicago’s south side. Ray is passionate about global education and the role it plays in connecting students around the world with their global counterparts. He is currently a fellow in the Teachers for Global Classrooms program through IREX. Ray holds a BA in Special Education from the University of Evansville, an MEd in Educational Leadership with a focus in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Learning Behavior Specialist II –Transition Specialist Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Gwendolin is in her fourth year as an educator at the John J. Doran School in Fall River, Massachusetts, where she teaches math to all 4th grade students. Her passion for education began when she volunteered as an after school tutor for Burundi refugee students in Pittsburgh, PA. She wanted to continue her work with English Language Learners and in 2011 she joined Teach for America Massachusetts, receiving certification for English as a Second Language K-8 and Elementary Education. She spent three years at the Doran School teaching Level 3 and 4 English Language Learners. Gwendolin serves as a member of the math team at her school and she develops intervention programs in order to reach all of her students. She is currently finishing her MEd from Boston University for Curriculum Development.
Sara Jean Banks is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a high school science teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College in Denver, where she serves as a senior team lead coaching, collaborating and evaluating her team of teachers and sits on her school's instructional leadership team. Sara Jean has been awarded Teacher of the Year in her district and has been nominated for Teacher Leader of the Year. She serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, teaching an environmental science course. She came to teaching through the Denver Teacher Residency after earning a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado.
Caprice Banks teaches 9th grade Umoja Seminar, African-American literature, and dual credit English 101/102 at Wendell Phillips Academy High School. She is also the English Department chairperson, dual credit liaison, Y3 OneGoal program director, and a sponsor for the Affinity Club and National Honor Society. She is a Chicago Shakespeare Theatre BardCore alum, a Chicago Area Writing Project alum/teacher consultant, and a 2014 Stanford University Hollyhock Fellow. She holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MEd in Educational Studies and Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MFA from Chicago State University, and an MAT from National Louis University.
Emily Banta is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a 2nd grade SEI teacher at the Lawrence Family Development Charter School in Lawrence, MA, where she is a member of her school's SEI team, focusing on finding best Sheltered English strategies to share with colleagues. Emily came to teaching through Teach for America after tutoring students in the District of Columbia's Public Schools. She is dual-certified in English as a Second Language and Elementary Education and has taught a course at Boston University focused on teaching English Language Learners in middle and high school. Emily earned a BA from Georgetown University, and an MEd from Boston University.
Paula Barajas teaches literacy, mathematics, science, and social emotional skills to students with disabilities in kindergarten to 2nd grade at Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual & International Center. In addition to teaching, Paula is a member of her school’s Instructional Leadership Team, the K-2 tier II intervention lead for mCLASS, and coordinates the 21st Century after-school program. Paula became a teacher after working as the Associate Program Coordinator at UIC’s Urban Education Leadership Program. She graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a BA in Rehabilitation Services, and earned both an MEd in Educational Measurement Statistics and Assessment and an MEd in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.