Adeola Adegabi is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Adeola teaches 5th grade ELAR at Wainwright Elementary School where she also serves as the grade level chair. Adeola served as 4th co-grade level chair in 2017 and was the 2016 New Teacher of the Year. In 2015, she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Azerbaijan. She graduated from Rice University with a BA in Sociology and Policy Studies, with a concentration in Education Policy.
Jeremy Akiyama is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Jeremy is a 5th grade teacher at Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School. He previously taught general education and special education inclusion in Prince George, Maryland’s County Public Schools and served as a professional development lead teacher before moving back to his home state of California. Jeremy has served as a mentor teacher for Stanford’s Teacher Education Program and Aspire’s Teacher Residency Program and worked as a graduate research assistant at the DC Office of the State Superintendent and Education Counsel in Washington, D.C. He received his BA from the University of California, San Diego and an MEd in Education Policy and Leadership from American University.
Bethany Alberts is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Change Agent Teacher Leader. Bethany teaches middle school math at the Herzl School of Excellence. She is a member of the school’s instructional leadership team and the 3rd-8th grade math lead. She formerly taught at Amandla Charter School where she was the science department head and a member of the Foundations team. She is a Teach For America alum and worked as an instructional coach for corps members at Teach for America. She previously taught at Zavala Elementary School in Harlingen, Texas. She has been awarded four Chicago Fund for Education study group grants in her pursuit for professional growth. Bethany earned a BA in Criminal Justice and International Affairs from The George Washington University and an MEd in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois Chicago.
Sarah Alecozay is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Sarah teaches AP Human and World Geography as a master teacher at CAST Medical High School. She has implemented professional development, developed AP course curriculum for the district, and has served as department chair at previous campuses. Sarah has led students in service learning projects, volunteer clubs, and project-based learning application of course work. She has also taught in Somerset and South San ISD and internationally in West Africa at The American International School of Niger in Niamey, Niger and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone. Sarah holds a BA in International Relations, a Masters in International Development, and a Principal Certification from Lamar University.
Sabrina Alexander is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellow. Sabrina is a diverse learner teacher at Hoyne Fine Arts Academy. At Hoyne, she has served as the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) lead. She is a second-time National Board Certified educator and has participated as a Rochelle Lee Study Group leader, a Chicago Area Writing Project consultant, a Chicago Public Schools framework partner, a REACH performance task writer, a Chicago Public Education Fund Summer Design program leader, and a Chicago Foundation For Education Action Research Leadership Institute Fellow. She was a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Change Agent Teacher Leader. Sabrina holds an MA in Reading and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Chicago State University, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University, a Masters in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management, and a Bachelors in Film Production from Columbia College and is ABD in Trauma-Informed and Social-Emotional Pedagogy studies.
Arturo Alvarado is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Policy Fellow. Arturo is a 5th grade bilingual teacher and member of CILT leadership in the personalized learning institution of Dan D Rogers Elementary. After running a small start up, Arturo discovered his passion for education volunteering in rural schools in East Texas and was named Teacher Rookie of the Year and runner up of Teacher of the Year. Arturo earned a BA in Business Administration and Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Tyler and received an Alternative Teaching Certification and is pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership from Instituto de Estudios Universitarios in Puebla, Mexico.
Chantei Alves is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. A returning Fellow, Chantei teaches Kindergarten-1 Inclusion at Young Achievers K-8 Science and Math Pilot School in Mattapan, MA, where she is also the K0-K1 team leader, a member of the human resources committee, the school site council, the technology committee, and the joy and wellness committee. Chantei is a Boston Teachers Union Building Representative for Young Achievers, as well as a founding Parent Engagement Committee member. Chantei is on the Board for the Boston Network of Black Student Achievement (BNBSA), a BNBSA Special Education Committee member, and an educator on The Teacher Collaborative Educator Council. She also serves as a 2019 WGBH MA Education Ambassador and is on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA). Chantei graduated from Atlantic Union College with a BS in Pre-Med Biology with a Chemistry minor and received her MA in Education from Northeastern University.
Karen Amidon is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellow. Karen teaches high school English, global issues, and philosophy at Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School, where she also coaches the ethics bowl team. Karen has served as English department chair and grade level leader and is a certified educational leadership coach who regularly mentors pre-service teachers. She has been awarded several classroom innovation grants and received teaching fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Hemera Foundation. Before 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.
Elyssa Arroyo is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Nevada Policy Fellow. Elysa is a 2nd grade teacher at Red Rock Elementary, where she is also the founder and director of the theatre program and has served as both a mentor teacher and grade level chair. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Elysa has completed public policy fellowships in Las Vegas, Nevada with the Governor's Office of Workforce Innovation, Opportunity 180, and the Nevada Department of Education. Elysa has a BA from the University of California, Riverside in Classical Studies and Comparative Ancient Civilizations, an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is finishing an MPAP in Public Administration and Policy from American University.
Qiddist Ashé is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Policy Fellow. Qiddist teaches 1st grade at Washington Elementary in Evanston, Illinois. She serves on the school’s instructional leadership team, where she advocates for culturally-responsive practices that accelerate student learning. She previously taught 1st and 2nd grade at KairosPDX, a community-based school that she helped to start in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She is a 2015 Truman scholar and a full-spectrum birthworker serving on the board for Chicago Volunteer Doulas. Qiddist co-founded Ashé Living, a community enterprise that she runs with her wife, where she offers healing practices and consulting focused on reproductive justice, holistic wellness, and social justice facilitation for organizations working toward a more equitable and liberated world. Qiddist earned her BS in Social Policy and her MSEd in Elementary Education from Northwestern University.