Idalmi Acosta is a Teach Plus Indianapolis Teaching Policy Fellow. Idalmi teaches 8th grade ELA at Harshman Magnet Middle School in Indianapolis. As a youth organizer in New York City for five years, she recruited and trained students in the northwest Bronx to fight for changes to the education system at low-performing schools in the Bronx. She ran local, citywide, and national campaigns to promote the use of restorative justice to deal with discipline, reduce the role of police in schools, and provide more college readiness supports for students. Idalmi is a Teach For America alumna. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Political Science and a BA in English and earned a Masters in Teaching from Marian University.
Tim Adams teaches 11th grade US history and AP US history at DRW College Prep in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. Tim is also the 11th grade team lead and co-sponsors the National Honor Society chapter at the school. Currently, Tim is pursuing an M.Ed. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Educational Policy and Leadership. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in History and earned his MAT in Secondary Education from Marian University.
Sophia Adem is a special education teacher at Sherwood Elementary, where she serves highly motivated 4th and 5th grade resource students in both inclusionary and pull-out settings. She currently serves as special education chairperson at the school. Sophia is proud of having been awarded several grants that have allowed her students to go on field trips and receive supplies. She graduated from Howard University with a BA in Journalism and is currently pursuing an MS in Educational Leadership from Christian Brothers University
Dan is a 6th grade science teacher at UP Academy Leonard in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He serves as one of the school's cohort leaders, leading a team of six teachers who work with the same group of 60 students. Prior to working at UP Academy Leonard, Dan taught 6th grade science for two years at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he served as a Teach For America corps member. While at Prospect Hill Academy, Dan was named a regional finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award, an annual teaching award for second-year TFA corps members. As he tells his students frequently, Dan's ambition is to be the next Bill Nye - a science teacher so dynamic that students and teachers alike can use his instruction as an example of how exciting and crucial learning science can be. Dan earned a BA in History and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, and an MEd in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University
Ulana Ainsworth is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a third year K0/K1 inclusion/English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at the Lee Academy Pilot School in Dorchester, where she is the before school director and Build Our Kids Success lead trainer, and serves on the personnel subcommittee and the Sunshine committee. Ulana is triple licensed in Mild and Moderate Disabilities Pre-K-8, Elementary Education, and English as a Second Language (ESL). As an early childhood teacher, her goal has always been to teach children to have a growth mindset so they can build a strong sense of self. Ulana holds a BA in Education, with a Special Education minor, from Westminster College, in Pennsylvania. She was a 2012 Boston Teacher Resident in 2012 and earned her MEd from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Patrick Albano teaches 8th grade writing at the Soulsville Charter School, a 6-12 school in Memphis, where he also coaches high school rugby. Previously, Patrick taught 6th-8th grade English Language Arts at Sherwood Middle School, where he coached baseball and football and helped to build a sustainable school garden. While at the school, Patrick collaborated on writing a school improvement grant for Sherwood Middle to become part of the Innovation Zone, an initiative to bring schools at the bottom 5% to the top 25% within five years. Patrick graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Anthropology and Political Science and earned an MEd from the the University of Southern California.
Jon Alfuth is a high school geometry teacher at The Soulsville Charter School, where he began teaching in 2013. Jon also co-coaches the school's debate team, which was the city runner-up in 2013-14. Prior to joining Soulsville, Jon taught algebra at the legacy-Memphis City Schools for two years. He became a teacher because he believes that education is the fundamental solution to many of our nation's problems. Jon writes frequently about education for his blog, Bluff City Education. His work has been featured in Memphis' Commercial Appeal, on the blog Eduwonk, and on Huffington Post, where one of his stories was named one of the ten education must-reads for 2013. Jon holds a BS in Political Science and an MA in Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Julio Alicea is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. He serves the communities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence as a social studies teacher and advisor at Blackstone Academy Charter School. As part of his many roles at BACS, he teaches world history and economics and works in the SPIRIT educational program to combat learning loss in the summer months and provide structured college access programming during the school year. In addition, Julio is an adjunct faculty member in the community development program at the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies, where he teaches classes on urban education and social justice education. Julio received his BA from Swarthmore College and his MAT from Brown University.
Daniel Allen teaches self-contained ELA classes at Emma Donnan Middle School in Indianapolis, where he has a special focus on the Common Core standards and has implemented a reading-centered curriculum into his resource periods. He coaches girls and boys middle school basketball; his girls' team went undefeated in 2013. Daniel's passion for helping students with special needs came from his teachers, who helped him overcome his own learning disability. He started his teaching career at Indiana Math and Science Academy _ West, where he worked with special needs students across subjects. Daniel majored in political science and minored in psychology/philosophy at DePauw University. He earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching with a focus on special education from Marian University.
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.