Lisa A Pereira
Teaching Policy Fellow
12th grade English teacher
Smithfield High School
Smithfield Public Schools

Lisa A Pereira is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Policy Fellow. Lisa teaches 12th grade English language arts at Smithfield High School in Smithfield, RI, where she is the co-advisor to the Class of 2021, Rhapsody, her school's literary magazine, and her high school's yearbook. She is a RIDE-certified mentor/coach and has served on her district's professional development committee. She is working with NEBasecamp in order to reimagine and redesign her classroom instruction. Lisa graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA in English/ Secondary Education.

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Teaching Policy Fellow
4th grade teacher
Suzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School
North Kingstown District

Kristen Rhodes Beland is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Policy Fellow. A returning Fellow, Kristen is a 4th grade teacher at the Suzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School in North Kingstown, RI. Previously, she served as an integration specialist implementing the SmART program developed by Brown University and has been involved in the integration of technology into the district, leading professional development in digital citizenship for the N.K. Google Summits. She was lead theatrical director, bringing together groups of 75 students to gain confidence through acting. She has published op-eds on empathy and on the importance of trust driving student relationships. Kristen has led her school to become trauma-informed and has become a strong advocate for SEL. She was a 2013 Golden Apple Recipient. Kristen graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Salve Regina University.

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Sundeep Sood
Teaching Policy Fellow
The Metropolitan Regional Career & Technical Center

Sundeep Sood is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Policy Fellow. Sundeep is the core academic advisor/teacher for fourteen 10th grade students at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center's (The MET) Equality building in Providence, RI. Since 2008, he has served as a board member at the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island and volunteered his time to work with youth at different social justice organizations. He is certified in history & social studies. Sundeep holds a BA in Economics and International Affairs from the University of Georgia and obtained his MAT from Brown University.

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Teaching Policy Fellow
7th and 8th grade math interventionist
Tiverton Middle School
Tiverton School District

Raymond Steinmetz is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Policy Fellow. A returning Fellow, Raymond teaches 7th and 8th grade math intervention and enrichment in Tiverton, RI. He has taught mathematics and coached teachers in a variety of settings between Chicago and Rhode Island. Raymond is the founder of and the co-host of the Instant Relevance Podcast. He writes regularly about education policy and educational technology as a freelance writer for several online and print publications. Raymond is a Chicago Teaching Fellows (The New Teacher Project) alum. He graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Computer and Information Technology and received his MAT from Dominican University.


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Teaching Policy Fellow
Special education teacher, severe and profound disabilities
Chariho High School
Chariho Regional School District

Nicole Weeks is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Policy Fellow. Nicole teaches special education to students with severe and profound disabilities at Chariho High School  in Woodriver Junction, RI. She is a master teacher at Chariho High School, mentoring new educators and supporting professionals on an improvement plan. Nicole is a Dare to Dream Regional Champion liaison with the Rhode Island Department of Health, where she assists the coordination of a yearly conference that provides youth with resources to lead healthy lives through transitional periods. Nicole earned a BFA in art education from Pratt Institute and a MED in special education severe and profound disabilities and a MED in educational leadership from Rhode Island College.

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Edmicelly Xavier
Teaching Policy Fellow
Spanish teacher
Paul Cuffee High School
Providence Charter School

Edmicelly Xavier is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Policy Fellow.  Edmicelly is a Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 teacher and a 12th grade advisor at Paul Cuffee Upper School in Providence, RI, where she also serves on the communications council committee and the staff members of color committee. She previously taught Spanish at Masters Regional Academy in Smithfield, RI. Edmicelly was a 2018 recipient of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation Reimagining Education Fellowship to attend the Reimagining Education Summer Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from Bryant University with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and received her MEd in Urban Education from Providence College.

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