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Chantei Alves
Senior Fellow
Pre-K Inclusion Teacher/BTU Building Representative
Young Achievers K-8 Science and Math Pilot School
Boston Public Schools

Chantei Alves is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow. Chantei is in her 7th year as a Boston Public Schools Pre-K Inclusion Teacher at the Young Achievers K-8 School in Mattapan. Chantei is a teacher leader and a Boston Teachers Union building representative. She is passionate about equitable and engaging education, authentic family engagement, and supporting other educators to reach all students academically, socially and  emotionally. She is a member of several school district and state committees, including the NAACP Boston chapter, Boston Network for Black Student Achievement (BNBSA) and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee of the Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA). Chantei was awarded the 2020 AFT Massachusetts Distinguished Service Award. She holds a master’s in Education from Northeastern University and will be attending Lesley University’s Moderate Disabilities master’s program in Fall 2021.

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April Brunelle
Senior Fellow
MIddle school counselor
TechBoston Academy
Boston Public Schools

April Brunelle is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow. April is a middle school school counselor at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Previously, April was a school counselor for grades 6-8 at Morton Middle School in Fall River, Massachusetts. April has coached field hockey at various districts and is currently the varsity field hockey coach at Ursuline Academy. She is an Emerging Leader in the MA School Counselor Association for the 2020-2021 cohort this year. She is passionate about working in urban education, with students with disabilities, and developing college & career readiness curriculum at the middle school level. April graduated from Assumption College with a BA in Psychology and received an MEd in School Counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Kevin Cormier
Senior Fellow
Grade 7 and 8 Math
Nissitissit Middle School
North Middlesex Regional School District

Kevin Cormier is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow in his fourth year with Teach Plus.  Currently in his 15th year teaching math at Nissitissit MIddle School in Pepperell, Massachusetts, Kevin is a Lead Teacher for grades 7 and 8, as well as a co-District Data Coordinator, Professional Development lead, and co-chair of the Equity Advisory Board. As a Teach Plus Policy Fellow, Kevin has participated in multiple research projects, including co-authoring a national study on teacher prep programs. He recently completed a doctoral program at UMass Lowell in Math and Science Education, with a focus on formative assessment.

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Gina Desir
Senior Fellow
ESL K-5
Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School
Boston Public Schools

Gina Desir is a is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow. She is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at the Thomas J. Kenny School in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  Gina began teaching in the Boston Public Schools in 2012 and has previously taught in New Jersey and in Somerville, Massachusetts.  She is Boston Teachers Union Representative and serves on the operational leadership team to support aligning the environment to the school's goals and mission.  Her love for teaching began at a young age when her family stressed the importance of school and education.  Gina earned a BA in Education and Sociology from the College of St. Elizabeth and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. 

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Shauntell Dunbar
Senior Fellow
Instructional Coach
Roger Clap School
Boston Public Schools

Shauntell Dunbar is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow in her third year. She is an Instructional Coach and was a classroom teacher for five years. Shauntell is passionate about supporting educators in developing and enhancing their craft and advocating for students’ equitable education. Shauntell has served in various leadership positions within Boston Public Schools, such as Lead Teacher, Recruitment Fellow, New Teacher Thriving Facilitator, Accelerated Community To Teacher Instructor, and Teacher Leadership Working Group. She is currently working on her CAGS in Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University.

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Gwendolin Bandi
Senior Fellow
K-5 STEAM Teacher
Alfred S. Letourneau Elementary School
Fall River Public Schools

Gwendolin Gardner is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow. Her teaching experience began as a Teach for America corps member in Fall River, Massachusetts. She is currently the K-5 STEAM facilitator and science lead teacher at the Alfred S. Letourneau Elementary School. Her experience as a Teach Plus Fellow encouraged her to explore teacher leadership options in her district as well as internationally as a representative of the 2015 and 2016 International Summit of the Teaching Profession (ISTP). She has served as a T3 Teach Plus facilitator and site coordinator. She is also a mentor teacher for her district.

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Pierre Jean
Senior Fellow
10th grade math teacher
Boston International and Newcomers Academy
Boston Public Schools

Pierre Jean is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow. Pierre teaches 10th grade mathematics at Boston International and Newcomers Academy in Dorchester, MA, where he also serves as the chair of the mathematics department and a member of the instructional leadership team. Pierre is a fellow of the Hollyhock Fellowship Program at Stanford University, focusing on deepening and developing math instructional practices to create equitable access and opportunities for all learners in the classroom. Pierre earned a BS in Mathematics from Worcester State University and a MEd in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

 

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Tasha Jones
Senior Fellow
Chief Equity Influencer | Educator
John J. Duggan Academy
Springfield Public Schools

Tasha Jones is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow. A returning Fellow, Tasha writes curricula and teaches English (literature and composition) at the John J. Duggan Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, Tasha earned an MS in Community Psychology from Martin University and is currently enrolled in the Wheelock School of Education. She is intrinsically motivated to seek, speak, and teach the truth while harvesting an unrelenting commitment to decolonizing curriculum. Additionally, she provides classical education through a historically accurate cultural heterogeneity to scholars who have been academically neglected.

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Natan Kotlyar
Senior Fellow
2nd grade generalist
Elizabeth G. Lyons School
Randolph Public Schools

Natan Kotlyar is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow. Natan is a 2nd grade teacher at Lyons Elementary in Randolph, Massachusetts where he has been teaching for 11 years. He is a member of the instructional leadership team, leading teachers on planning and implementing new positive behavior interventions and supports. Natan earned a BA in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University and an MEd in Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities K-8 from Curry College. Natan just completed a CAGS degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Boston University with a Principal K-8 Certification. 

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Jasvir Macintosh
Senior Fellow
High school math teacher
Carver Middle High School
Carver Public Schools

Jasvir MacIntosh is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow. Jasvir teaches math at Carver Middle High School. She has taught a range of math courses at the high school level, has served on district committees dedicated to technology and school improvement, and has participated as a member of a New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) visiting team. Jasvir graduated from Bryant University with a BS in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Applied Actuarial Mathematics and Economics and earned her MEd in Mathematics Education from Cambridge College.

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