Deanne Hicks is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Deanne is a 4th grade teacher at Kate Smith Elementary in Sparks, Nevada. She is a STEM mentor teacher for Washoe County, and a member of the Teachers Leading Change Cohort. Deanne has taught kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, coached high school, and was an instructional coach in literacy. She has collaborated with colleagues to institute a pre-K program in her Title I elementary school, and to design and implement a district-wide professional development initiative to roll out of the Common Core Standards. Deanne earned a BS in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an a MEd from Lesley College. Deanne is a National Board Certified teacher in Literacy.