Rebecca Jontos is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Rebecca teaches grades K-5 general music at Alfred S. Letourneau Elementary School in Fall River, Massachusetts, where she serves as a member of the instructional leadership team and the social-emotional learning team. She serves as a co-facilitator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education music standards revision and as a lead music teacher for Fall River Public Schools. Rebecca is a member of the National Association for Music Education and has previously taught general music and chorus at Henry Lord Middle School. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a BS in Music Education and received her MEd in Music Education from Boston University.
Jessica Lander is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Fellow. Jessica teaches social studies to English language learners at Lowell High School. As a practicing journalist, she writes op-eds about education policy for the Boston Globe and Harvard Graduate School of Education's Usable Knowledge, among other publications. She is the co-author of Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher's Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success (Scholastic, 2017) and Driving Backwards, an award-winning nonfiction portrait of a small town in New Hampshire (TidePool Press, 2014). Jessica has won several statewide teaching awards, including most recently the Massachusetts Teacher Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award for Creative Leadership. Jessica has served as a member of the Teacher Advisory Cabinet of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She earned her AB in Anthropology from Princeton University and her EdM in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Gavin Laughlin is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Gavin teaches 6th grade at KIPP Academy Boston (KAB) in Mattapan, where he is content lead and participates in curriculum and assessment planning. Prior to teaching at KAB, Gavin was a founding teacher at Northeast Academy in D.C., a charter school also a part of the KIPP network. Gavin has worked for Education Reform Now as a political manager, campaigning to elect legislative champions for kids. Gavin graduated from Georgetown University with a BA with honors in English and Government, from the Capital Teaching Residency program in D.C., and from the New Teacher Project (TNTP) secondary educator training program.
Shan-Lee Liu is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Shan-Lee teaches Chinese to grades 7 to 12 at the Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts. She has served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association and of the New England Chinese Teachers Association. She served as a Fulbright-Hays Chinese Language Pedagogy Assessment Project educator and has received the Adobe Youth Voices Creative Educator Award in 2015. Shan-Lee earned her BA in Political Science from Soochow University in Taiwan and her MA and PhD in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Jasvir MacIntosh is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching 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.
Mikaela Newell is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Mikaela teaches kindergarten at the Pierce Elementary School in Brookline, Massachusetts. She is the school's K-2 Literacy Coach, trained through The Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University. Mikaela has also taught preschool and 1st grade. She is a member of the school's child study team and the district's social studies curriculum renewal team. She has received a grant to study Early Childhood Education in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Mikaela graduated from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BA in English and received an MEd in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University.
Tina Petty is a consulting teacher for 6th-8th grade in Revere Public Schools. In this role, she engages teachers in coaching cycles to help them meet their personal goals and enhance their practice. Previously, Tina taught middle social studies for more than a decade. She was a contributor to the implementation of Universal Design for Learning and a member of the instructional leadership team at the Susan B. Anthony Middle School (SBA), where she co-founded the drama program. Tina holds a BA in History from Stonehill College, an MA in history from Salem State University, and a CAGS in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Francis Pina is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Fellow. Francis is a 9th and 10th grade mathematics teacher at Charlestown High School in the Boston Public Schools district. Francis was a member of the Better Math Teaching Network for three years in a row and has presented at the Boston EdTalks. He earned a BS in Economics from Boston University and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Gina Sheehan is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. Gina teaches mathematics at Fenway High School in Boston, Massachusetts. She previously taught for three years at Dearborn STEM Academy where she led two service trips with students to New Orleans and was the program director for One Goal. Gina is a part of Better Math Teaching Network and the Edvestors Zeroing in on Mathematics Program. Gina graduated from Stonehill College with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education and received her EdM in Mathematics Education from Boston University.
Brian Stanley is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Fellow. Brian is a consulting teacher for grades 3-5 in Revere Public Schools. Previously, Brian was a 3rd grade teacher, serving as the grade level team leader and co-coordinator of the school's partnership with Cradles to Crayons and the Greater Boston Food Bank. Brian was a speaker at the 2015 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) spring convening meeting and was featured in the DESE Educator Evaluation video series. Brian earned a BA in Elementary Education and Human Development and an MEd in Moderate Special Needs Education with the Donovan Urban Scholars Program from Boston College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration from UMASS Boston.