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Jennifer Acevedo
Teaching Policy Fellow
Yes Prep North Central Elementary

Jennifer Acevedo is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow and a founding Kindergarten Bilingual Teacher at Yes Prep North Central Elementary in Houston. Jennifer is a 2019 Teach for America Houston corps member alum and a co-founder of Kindle, a virtual longitudinal program aiming to address reading and health literacy needs among students, which was selected as a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship grant. As a member of the Aulas sin Fronteras (Classroom without Borders) program, she has partnered with teachers in Mexico to provide intercultural experiences for her students. She obtained her BA in Psychology from Pomona College, where she was awarded Senior Thesis with Distinction and contributed to many research projects through the Cultural Contexts, Adolescent Health Behaviors, & Development Research Lab.

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Andrew Adjei
Teaching Policy Fellow
Pleasant Run Elementary School

Andrew Adjei is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow and is a 4th-grade teacher in Indianapolis. Andrew has been an educator for almost 10 years and is in his fifth year of teaching 4th grade. Andrew was named his school’s 2020 Teacher of the Year award and leads the equity team at his school. Andrew holds a BS in Economics and East Asian Studies from John Carroll University and is currently pursuing an MPA at Indiana State University.

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Klara Aizupitis
Teaching Policy Fellow
South Panola High School

Klara Aizupitis is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow and a U.S. History and AP U.S. History teacher at South Panola High School in Batesville. Klara also coaches varsity girls soccer and girls powerlifting. Klara previously taught social studies at Clarksdale High School. She is a Mississippi Teacher Corps Alumni and holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College and an MAT from the University of Mississippi.

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Anisa Amani
Teaching Policy Fellow
3rd grade teacher
Dyer Kelly Elementary School
San Juan Unified School District

Anisa Amani is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow who teaches 3rd grade at Dyer Kelly Elementary School in Sacramento, which has a refugee population of nearly 51% refugees from Afghanistan. As a first generation Afghan-Muslim-American, Anisa uses her family knowledge and bilingual skills to engage with refugee families in the language they are most comfortable with, Dari/Farsi. Anisa is a member of Global Shapers - Sacramento Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Anisa has published her research based on ways educators can engage young students with cultural humility in: “Weaving Diversity Amongst Cultures to Build Community.” She earned her BA in Child Development from California State University, Sacramento, and her credential and MEd from the University of California, Davis.

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Margaret Amarante
TLPL Teacher Leader
Cold Spring School

Margaret (Meg) Amarante is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Innovations Teacher Collaborative teacher leader and is the Middle School Teacher of Record at Cold Spring School in Indianapolis, providing inclusion instruction in Math and ELA. Meg serves on Cold Spring School’s Teacher Advisory Committee and is also a standing member of the school’s iTEAM and MTSS teams. Meg was previously a Special Educator and Science Teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. She is a Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellowship alumna and a Teach for America Indianapolis alumna. She has created and facilitated SPED specific Professional Development for her peer teachers as well as new TFA Corps members. Meg graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Biology and a minor in English. She received her MA in Teaching with a focus on Special Education from Marian University.

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Senior Fellow
Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School

Karen Amidon is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Colorado Senior Policy Fellow. She teaches high school English at Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School and advises the Student Council and coaches the Ethics Bowl team. Karen has served as English department chair and grade level leader, and she is a certified educational leadership coach who regularly mentors preservice teachers. She has been awarded several classroom innovation grants and received teaching fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Hemera Foundation. Prior to teaching, she led a nonprofit advocacy organization championing girls’ and women’s education, economic security, and civil rights. Karen graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in English and received her MA in English and secondary education licensure from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Brianna Amoscato
Teaching Policy Fellow
Hartwood Elementary School

Brianna Amoscato is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellow who teaches third grade at Hartwood Elementary School in Pittsburgh. Brianna is a current member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and coordinates the TEDxKids@HartwoodElementarySchool yearly event and facilitates the OneDayPGH Social Justice Club at Dorseyville Middle School. She has served as the Program Coordinator for the Elementary Summer Learning Program, was a past fellow of the New Leaders Council, and a 2020 Pittsburgh All Star Teacher. Brianna is currently pursuing National Board Certification. She graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Applied Developmental Psychology and received her MEd in Elementary, Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Pittsburgh.

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Perla Andrade
Teaching Policy Fellow
Baseline Elementary

Perla Andrade is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow who is a school-based facilitator at Baseline Academy in Little Rock. Prior to becoming a facilitator, Perla taught 1st grade for four years. Perla is a part of the guiding coalition team at her school and a content leader for the literacy curriculum within her district. Perla was named Baseline Academy’s Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year. Perla earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Special Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a MEd in Educational Leadership at Arkansas Tech University.

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Kayla Andrews
Teaching Policy Fellow
Benton High School

Kayla Andrews is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow and is a 10th grade teacher and Debate Coach at Benton High School in Benton. Kayla received her BA in English with a minor in Spanish and Education from the University of Central Arkansas and her MSE in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. 

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Claire Annes
Teaching Policy Fellow
Edison High School

Claire Annes is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellow and a special education teacher at Edison Middle School in Wheaton. Claire teaches direct math, language arts, and study skills classes for special education students, she also coaches Track & Field and sponsors Cooking Club. Claire is a member of her school’s Equity Training Team and is a union building representative. Claire previously served on her district's Wellness Committee and worked on staff training and development programs. She also has presented to teacher preparation students about the importance of relationship building at an Educators Rising conference. Claire obtained her BS in Elementary and LBS1 Education from Bradley University, and MSEd in Advanced Special Education Practices from Northern Illinois University.

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