Julio Alicea is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. He serves the communities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence as a social studies teacher and advisor at Blackstone Academy Charter School. As part of his many roles at BACS, he teaches world history and economics and works in the SPIRIT educational program to combat learning loss in the summer months and provide structured college access programming during the school year. In addition, Julio is an adjunct faculty member in the community development program at the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies, where he teaches classes on urban education and social justice education. Julio received his BA from Swarthmore College and his MAT from Brown University.
Jason Appel is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow, and a high school math teacher with twenty-one years of public school experience. He spent his first eleven years in New York City middle and high schools, and the last ten at Barrington High School in Barrington, Rhode Island. Jason completed a two-year FuseRI fellowship with the Highlander Institute, where he worked to scale blended and personalized learning across the state of Rhode Island. He has presented at iNACOL, The Blended and Personalized Learning Conference, Tech and Learning Live, and numerous other education technology events around New England. Jason earned his BS in mathematics from the University of Oregon, and his MA in secondary mathematics education from New York University.
Brianna Balke is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Brianna teaches physics and environmental science at Blackstone Academy in Pawtucket, RI where she is an advisor and coordinates a partnership with Recycle a Bike in Providence. Previously, she taught physics and neuroscience to high school students in Colorado. Brianna has been a part of a national network of teachers focused on improving math and science education as a fellow with the Knowles Teacher Initiative since 2012. She has collaborated with colleagues to lead a variety of professional development opportunities ranging from sessions at National Science Teachers Association and National Association of Biology Teachers to week-long workshops in Yosemite National Park focused on integrating outdoor learning with the Next Generation Science Standards. Brianna has also served as a mentor teacher and guest lecturer for the teacher education program at Brown University. She graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Neuroscience and completed her MAT in Secondary Science Education at Brown University.
Danielle Bercovicz is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Danielle teaches 11th and 12th grade special education transition courses at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, RI. She is the special education teacher leader and a member of the Empowerment Leadership Team at Mount Pleasant. Danielle was formally an inclusion special education teacher and worked as the district grant writer. She came to Rhode Island and Mount Pleasant through Teach For America in 2012 and has been an active alumna since her time in the corps. Danielle earned a BA in Psychology and Communication with a minor in Education as a Social Science from Rutgers University and a MA in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.
Emily Berman is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow and a 9th grade biology and 10th grade chemistry teacher at Blackstone Academy Charter School in Pawtucket. Previously, she taught 7th and 8th grade chemistry and physics at The Learning Community Charter School in Central Falls, Rhode Island. She has taught an after-school science enrichment program to elementary school students in Middletown, Connecticut; a service-learning course to students at Wesleyan University; and English to 4th and 5th graders in Canoa, Ecuador. Emily is a 2015 recipient of the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship (KSTF), a five-year fellowship dedicated to supporting STEM teachers. Emily also has been selected to present at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) national conference, and the 2017 Education for Liberation Network's Free Minds Free People (FMFP) national conference. She holds a BA in neuroscience and behavior and a BA in psychology from Wesleyan University, and an MAT in secondary science education from Brown University.
Lisa Biswas is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow and an 8th grade teacher at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence. She began her career teaching 6th grade self-contained at Bishop McVinney Regional School and then moved into a middle school math and science position before taking an eighth grade math position at Nathan Bishop. As head of the data team at her school, Lisa uses data to help other teachers support at-risk students. She is certified in elementary education, middle school math, and secondary math both in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Lisa holds a BA in elementary education from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a middle school certificate through coursework at Rhode Island College and Community College of Rhode Island, and an MA in mathematics secondary education from Western Governors University.
Brian Bordieri is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Senior Fellow. Brian is an advisor at The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The Met), an innovative career and technical school with a mission to educate and empower youth through relentless commitment to student-centered learning and personal growth. He began his career working in residential treatment schools serving emotionally and behaviorally disturbed students as counselor and later as program supervisor, teacher, and principal. Brian graduated his first cohort of The MET students in 2016. He serves as a coach for Big Picture Learning, providing pragmatic leadership for reforming schools and educators and has provided professional development to teachers locally and nationally. Brian earned his BA in Psychology from Rhode Island College and earned a certification at Providence College culminating as a highly qualified social studies teacher.
Ai-Ling Chang is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Ai-Ling teaches 11th and 12th grade Algebra II at Hope High School in Providence, RI. She is a member of the Blended Learning Cohort in partnership with Highlander Learning Institute, is a Google Certified Educator and Khan Academy Ambassador. Ai-Ling was the mentor of the Brown University Engineering After School Program for Alvarez and Hope High School and the science teacher leader at Wen-Shan Junior High School in Taiwan. She graduated from National Taiwan Normal University with a BS in Physics and an MS in Physics and received her MS in Electrical Engineering from Union College at Schenectady, NY.
Alyssa Church is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow and a 6th grade math teacher at Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School where she is also the math coach for grades 5-8. Alyssa is dual-certified in mild-moderate special education K-8 and elementary 1-6. S She is a Rhode Island Learning Champion. She holds a BA in elementary and special education is from Providence College.
Leanne Dube is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Leanne is an English teacher at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, RI where she teaches AP Language and Composition and British Literature. She is the secretary for the instructional leadership team, is on the empowerment leadership team, and works with the Nellie Mae Foundation on the Keys For Learning team. Leanne is a Hollyhock Fellow at Stanford University. She earned her BA in English from Rhode Island College, her BA in Education from Providence College, and her MA in Education with a concentration in Adolescent Literacy from Concordia University.