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Meet Our Teacher Leaders

Deon Harris
Teaching Policy Fellow
Forrest City High School

Deon Harris is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow who teaches 11th grade U.S. History Forrest City High School in Forrest City. He is a fellow with the Arkansas Teacher Corps. He earned his BS in Criminal Justice from Jackson State University and is currently pursuing a MS in education leadership from University of Memphis.  

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Matt Henriksen
Teaching Policy Fellow
Haas Hall Academy

Matt Henriksen is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow who teaches 9th-11th grade English and AP courses at Haas Hall Academy at the Jones Center in Springdale. He also volunteers as a Teaching Poet and as president of the Board of Directors for the Prison Story Project, a nonprofit that brings creative writing and storytelling into and out of prisons. He holds a BA in Writing from Lakeland University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas.

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Holly Howard
Teaching Policy Fellow
Bentonville High School

Holly Howard is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow and an 11th grade English teacher at Bentonville High School in Bentonville. As a 16-year teacher, Holly serves as the English department chair and after-school program coordinator. Holly earned her National Board Certification in 2011 and was awarded Bentonville Public Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2016, Bentonville Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year in 2018, and has served as a teacher fellow for AR Teacher, George Washington Teacher Institute, Arkansas Declaration of Learning, and the National Gallery of Art. She has a BSE in English and a MSE in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University.

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Nelvia Johnson
Teaching Policy Fellow
KIPP Delta College Preparatory School

Nelvia Johnson is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow and an 8th grade teacher at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School in Helena. She earned her BA in Sociology from Spelman College.

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Kendria Jones
Teaching Policy Fellow
Jack Robey Middle/Junior High School

Kendria Jones is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow and a 7th Grade ELA teacher at Jack Robey Middle/Junior High School, in Pine Bluff. She is a member of the Guiding Coalition Leadership team at her school. Kendria was the runner up for her school’s Teacher of the Year award. She holds a BA in English from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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Brandie Loomis
Teaching Policy Fellow
Centerton Gamble Elementary

Brandie Loomis is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow and an elementary math and science academic coach serving grades K-4 in Bentonville. Her primary role is to work with teachers in the classroom to support best practices for mathematical instruction. She recently worked with the DESE and a team of educators and parents to actively increase parental involvement in mathematics education across the state. Brandie serves as president of the Bentonville Schools PPC. Brandie earned her BSE in Elementary Education and her MAT in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and an EdS in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.

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Romana Mathews
Teaching Policy Fellow
Forrest City High School

Romana Mathews is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow who teaches Family & Consumer Sciences, Lifespan Development, and Dynamics of Human Relationship for grades 9-12 at Forrest City High School in Forrest City. Romana also serves as the advisor for Student Council, Family and Career Community Leaders of America, Arkansas, and as the site coordinator for Freedom School. She received a BS in Human Development & Family Studies from The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, an MS in Family & Consumer Sciences from Alabama A&M and is currently a doctoral student at The University of Memphis pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. 

 
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Cara Maxwell
Teaching Policy Fellow
L.C. Knapp Elementary

Cara Maxwell is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow and a Pre-K teacher in the Springdale School District. Cara is a member of the Joint Council and a building representative for the Springdale Education Association.  She is a National Board-Certified Teacher and Seesaw Certified Educator. Her instructional focus is on the whole child including social and emotional development, health and physical development, language and literacy development, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. Cara earned her BS in Health and Physical Education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and her MAT from Harding University. She obtained her TEFOL Graduate Certificate from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and is currently working toward a SPED Endorsement from Harding University.

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Leron McAdoo
Teaching Policy Fellow
Central High School

Leron McAdoo is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow who teaches Art 1, Drawing 1, Graphics, and Art Design at Central High in Little Rock. Leron does college and career coaching through the AVID program and sponsors the Writeous Club for creative youth. Leron is an Arkansas Declaration of Learning Teacher, has held many positions in the Little Rock Education Association, does professional development, and organizes youth programs. His experiences as an artist, author, entrepreneur, musician, and speaker inform his teaching. He received his BS in Art Education at the UAPB and is working on his MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration on Art Curriculum and Social Work at UALR.

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Jessica Enderlin Nadzam
Teaching Policy Fellow
Jonesboro High School

Jessica Enderlin Nadzam is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellow and a biology and computer science teacher at Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro. Jessica also serves as the director of an after-school credit recovery program and as the treasurer of the district union. She was admitted to the Talkington Graduate Fellowship and devotes her studies to federal education policy, STEM education, virtual learning, teacher workforce policy, and the intersections of education and public health. Jessica is a Teach for America alumna who earned her BS in Biology at Lyon College, her MSEd in Educational Studies at Johns Hopkins University with distinction, her EdS in Educational Leadership at Arkansas State University and she is a PhD candidate in Texas Tech University’s Educational Leadership Policy program.

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