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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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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Ray Baker
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school special education teacher
Lindblom Math and Science Academy
Chicago Public Schools

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.

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Gwendolin Bandi
Teaching Policy Fellow
3rd-4th Grade Math Teacher
John J. Doran School
Fall River Public Schools

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.

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Sara Jean Banks
Teaching Policy Fellow
High School science teacher
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College
Charter School

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.

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Caprice Banks
Teaching Policy Fellow
9th & 12th grade English teacher
Wendell Phillips Academy High School
Chicago Public Schools

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.

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