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Pamela Criss
Teacher Policy Advisory Board
District K-5 Multi-Site Literacy Instructional Coach
Little Rock School District

Pamela Criss is a member of the Teach Plus Arkansas Teacher Advisory Board and is a K-5 multi-site literacy instructional coach with the Little Rock School District, K-6th R.I.S.E. Trainer of Teachers with the Arkansas Department of Education. As a multi-site literacy coach, she helps improve literacy instruction by engaging teachers in intensive professional development, provides leadership for literacy across school communities, and manages and evaluates schools’ literacy program to ensure that the highest level of quality and rigorous instruction is being implemented. She previously served on the Principal’s Leadership Team and the school’s SBIT committee. She earned her BSE in Early Childhood/Deaf Education from University of Arkansas at Little, MS in Rehab Counseling with an emphasis in deafness from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, MEd in Educational Leadership from Harding University and completed an ESOL Program of Study from Arkansas Tech University.

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Kara S. Davis
Teacher Policy Advisory Board
Literacy Facilitator
Northside Elementary
Rogers School District

Kara Davis is a member of the Teach Plus Arkansas Teacher Advisory Board and is a literacy facilitator at Northside Elementary in Rogers, Arkansas. She focuses on helping teachers improve classroom instruction in the area of literacy to include early literacy, reading and writing. Kara is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Reading-Language Arts and was named Arkansas Milken Educator in 2016. She earned her BA in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education and  her MA in Educational Theory and Practice in 2016 and her administrative credentials in 2017 from Arkansas State University.

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Joel Lookadoo
Teacher Policy Advisory Board
High School Math Teacher
Don Tyson School of Innovation
Springdale Public Schools

Joel Lookadoo is a member of the Teach Plus Arkansas Teacher Advisory Board and is an eight-year educator in Springdale, Arkansas. He has served as an instructional facilitator and Algebra 1 and 2 teacher. Joel has facilitated professional development on teaching English Learners and is committed to creating classroom cultures that empower students and foster high expectations for all students. Joel is ESL certified and is a National Board Certified teacher in High School Mathematics. He is also the 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. He earned his BSE in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Arkansas and a MSE in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.

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Stacey McAdoo
Teacher Policy Advisory Board
Teacher Cadet Instructor and Lead Secondary Novice Teacher Mentor
Little Rock School District

Stacey McAdoo is a member of the Teach Plus Arkansas Teacher Advisory Board and is a Teacher Cadet concurrent credit instructor for high school juniors and seniors and the Lead Secondary Novice Teacher Mentor for the Little Rock School District. Stacey has previously served as an Oral Communication teacher, Freshman Academy Lead Teacher, AVID Department Chair, and has coordinated Little Rock Central High’s college and career readiness program. Stacey is the 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year and a member of the Arkansas Education Association and the National Education Association. She holds a BA in Professional & Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a MA in Teaching from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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Christhian Saavedra
Teacher Policy Advisory Board
Spanish 1 teacher
Rogers Heritage High School
Rogers School District

Christhian Saavedra is a member of the Teach Plus Arkansas Teacher Advisory Board and is a teacher leader at Rogers Heritage High School in Arkansas. He mentors novice teachers through DESE programs and focuses on creating an inclusive environment for his students by providing education that will help them develop global dexterity. Christhian is the head coach of the boys soccer team and was named 7A Coach of the year (2015-2016), Arkansas United Soccer Coaches High School Coach of Significance (2017-2018), Kirksey Middle School Teacher of the Year (2017-2018), and Rogers Public Schools Middle School Teacher of the Year (2017-2018). He earned his BA in Spanish with a Minor in Ethnographic Studies, and his MAT from the University of Arkansas.

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Teacher Policy Advisory Board
8th Grade Algebra
KIPP Delta Preparatory School
KIPP Delta Public Schools

Tykeena Watson is a member of the Teach Plus Arkansas Teacher Advisory Board who teaches 8th grade Algebra at KIPP Delta Preparatory School in Helena, Arkansas. Tykeena has worked on research around how varying curriculums and implementations affect learning gains and understanding the issues in lower socio-economic areas that contribute to the educational gap in mathematics. A founding member of Helena-West Helena’s Racial Equity Task Force, Tykeena is also an Aspen and Noyce fellow. She received her BA in Mathematics from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and is currently pursuing an MEd in Secondary Education focusing on Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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