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.
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.
Timothy Appel is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Timothy teaches 2nd grade at Roger Clap Elementary in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. Tim served on the governing board during the school’s transition from an Innovation School to an Extended Learning Time school and is a member of the school’s instructional leadership. Tim has also acted as a new teacher developer for Boston Public Schools and hosts student teachers from UMass Boston’s Teach Next Year education program. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Writing from Concord University and MA in Education from Boston College.
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.
Emily Banta is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a 2nd grade SEI teacher at the Lawrence Family Development Charter School in Lawrence, MA, where she is a member of her school's SEI team, focusing on finding best Sheltered English strategies to share with colleagues. Emily came to teaching through Teach for America after tutoring students in the District of Columbia's Public Schools. She is dual-certified in English as a Second Language and Elementary Education and has taught a course at Boston University focused on teaching English Language Learners in middle and high school. Emily earned a BA from Georgetown University, and an MEd from Boston University.
Julia Beaufait teaches English as a Second Language to PreK through 2nd graders at the Healey School in Somerville. Prior to that, she led a turnaround school in Lawrence in the development of a newcomer and Structured English Immersion program. Julia has taught 3rd grade in a dual language program in Boston Public Schools and 4th grade in a Spanish bilingual program in San Francisco Unified. Throughout her teaching experience, she has pursued various teacher leadership and learning opportunities to help ensure teacher voice is central to school turnaround and reform efforts. She is passionate about interdisciplinary learning, authentic reading, and language acquisition. Julia earned her BA from The New School and is currently a candidate for National Board Certification in English as a New Language.
Ana Teresa Black Veino is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Ana Teresa is an elementary music and cocurricular lead teacher at Match Community Day in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Ana Teresa was a founding member of the award-winning children's choir "Pequeños Cantores.” Earlier in her career, she taught bilingual choir (Spanish-English) at Margarita Muñiz Academy where she was part of the team that in 2015 earned the Grammy Signature Enterprise Award for the music department's efforts of highlighting the importance of music education in underserved communities. Ana Teresa earned a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies Concentrations from the University of Houston.
Sarah Boone is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Sarah is a 5th grade teacher in an inclusion classroom at the Guild Elementary School in East Boston. She came to teaching through the Boston Teacher Residency program, and has taught in the upper elementary grades at the Guild since. She serves on her school's instructional leadership team and social-emotional learning team and is the co-founder of the Guild Inclusion Team, which focuses on improving inclusive practices schoolwide. Sarah earned her BA in Child Development from Tufts University and her MEd from University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Brianne is a 4th-5th grade teacher in her third year at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School in Boston's North End, where she serves as a member of the school's Instructional Leadership Team. She previously taught 3rd grade for four years at the John P. Holland School in Dorchester, MA. There, she helped develop a tiered system of literacy instruction using data to identify and immediately deliver targeted instruction to vulnerable readers. During that time, Brianne also worked on the Holland's Turnaround Team and Instructional Leadership Team. Brianne came to teaching after working at the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia, PA, facilitating district-wide trainings and mentorships to make schools safer for LGBTQ students. Brianne earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College, and her MEd from the University of Massachusetts through the Boston Teacher Residency.