Adeola Adegabi
Teaching Policy Fellow
4th grade ELAR teacher
Wainwright Elementary School
Houston ISD

Adeola Adegabi is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Adeola teaches 4th grade ELAR at Wainwright Elementary School where she is serving as interim 4th grade level chair. Adeola served as 4th co-grade level chair in 2017 and was the 2016 New Teacher of the Year. In 2015, she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Azerbaijan. She graduated from Rice University with a BA in Sociology and Policy Studies, with a concentration in Education Policy.

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Sarah Alecozay
Teaching Policy Fellow
9th grade AP Human Geography teacher
CAST Medical High School
San Antonio ISD

Sarah Alecozay is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Sarah teaches AP Human and World Geography as a master teacher at CAST Medical High School.  She has implemented professional development, developed AP course curriculum for the district, and has served as department chair at previous campuses. Sarah has led students in service learning projects, volunteer clubs,  and project-based learning application of course work. She has also taught in Somerset and South San ISD and internationally in West Africa at The American International School of Niger in Niamey, Niger and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone. Sarah holds a BA in International Relations, a Masters in International Development, and a Principal Certification from Lamar University. 

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Chanel Ashley
Teaching Policy Fellow
8th grade English teacher
Harmony School of Innovation-San Antonio
Harmony Public Schools

Chanel Ashley is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Chanel teaches 8th grade English and Honors English with Harmony School of Innovation-San Antonio, where she also serves as the English department chair. Chanel is a member of the district’s lead Professional Learning Community (PLC) initiative and was awarded Teacher of the Year for her campus in 2018. She serves on the campus Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team and is a college readiness mentor. Chanel is a recipient of the HPS Harmony Aspiring Leaders Program. She graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a BA in English and received her MA in Leadership Studies from Webster University.

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Brenda M. Ayala headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
4th grade bilingual literacy teacher
West Handley Elementary School
Fort Worth ISD

Brenda Ayala is a 2018-19 Teach Plus DFW Policy Fellow. Brenda teaches 4th grade bilingual literacy and social studies at West Handley Elementary School.  She is the campus ambassador for Fort Worth ISD, part of the Plan for Change Committee at her school, and the grade level chairperson. Before becoming a teacher through alternative certification with Fort Worth Teaching Fellows, she was the Book Fair Manager for Scholastic Book Fairs in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.  She has an MBA in Global Business Administration and Marketing from Phoenix University and a BBA in Marketing from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico.

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Katie Benningfield
Senior Fellow
6th grade Pre-AP math and Pre-AP science teacher
School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove
Dallas ISD

Katie Bennngfield is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Senior Policy Fellow. A distinguished educator, Katie teaches 6th grade Pre-AP science and Pre-AP math at Dallas ISD’s School for the talented and gifted in Pleasant Grove. She directs the Disney Musical in Schools Program and leads the Destination Imagination teams. Katie also serves as the Board Chair for The Collective Board, Teach For America’s Alumni of Color organization. She has previously developed a city code-based education program as a Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellow with the Dallas City Attorney’s Office and Leadership for Educational Equity, and was a Racial Justice Fellow with Teach For America. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Political Science and English and received her MEd in Education from Southern Methodist University.

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Natalie Brown headshot
Senior Fellow
2nd grade math and science teacher
Frank Guzick Elementary
Dallas ISD

Natalie Brown is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Senior Policy Fellow.  Natalie teachers 2nd grade mathematics and science at Frank Guzick Elementary and has held a distinguished teacher rating since the Teacher Excellence Initiative began in Dallas ISD in 2015. As a Distinguished Teacher Ambassador for the Skyline Feeder Pattern, she helps mentor fellow teachers in reaching distinguished teacher status within the district’s teacher evaluation model and provides professional development on the teaching rubric and application process. Natalie has advocated for public education, teacher compensation, and educational equity. She holds a BS in Fashion Merchandising from the University of North Texas and her Alternative Certification certificate from Texas A&M Commerce.

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Senior Fellow
8th grade science teacher
Dallas Environmental Science Academy
Dallas ISD

Angela Burke is a 2018-19 Senior Teach Plus DFW Policy Fellow. Angela teaches physics and astronomy at Dallas Environmental Science Academy, a magnet middle school in Dallas ISD. A Teach for America alumna, Angela has worked in a charter high school, a traditional middle school, and a magnet middle school. She has worked with the Physics & Astronomy Department at Texas A&M University - Commerce (TAMUC) and has also been a Teaching Trust Ed-Fellow as well as a Texas Teach Plus Policy Fellow.  Angela graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Secondary Education with an emphasis in science and earned an MS in Physics with an education emphasis from TAMUC.

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Taja Butler
Teaching Policy Fellow
AVID teacher
C.E. King High School
Sheldon ISD

Taja Butler is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Taja teaches 9th and 10th grade AVID STEM at C. E. King High School. She has served as an AVID Site Team member, the College and Career Readiness campus team member, an AFT Teacher Leader Fellow, and as a 2018-2019 Sheldon ISD Aspiring Leader Participant. She was the 2018 Pacer Test Most Caring Teacher and a recipient of the Teaching Tolerance Classroom Grant. Taja received her BS in Secondary Education from Mississippi State University and a MEd in Student Development and Leadership from Angelo State University.

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David Carroll
Teaching Policy Fellow
12th grade career preparation teacher
Clifton Career Development School
Austin ISD

David Carroll is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. David teaches career and technical education for high school seniors with disabilities at Clifton Career Development School. He serves as the lead mentor teacher, social emotional learning (SEL) facilitator, and special education department chair on his campus. He was the 2017 campus Teacher of the Year. David is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Novo SEL Innovation Grant Recipient, and a Trust Based Relationship Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner. He graduated from Southwestern University with a BA in English and received his MEd in Literacy Education from Texas State University.

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Christine Casey
Teaching Policy Fellow
11th and 12th grade dual credit chemistry and physics teacher
Waxahachie Global High School
Waxahachie ISD

Christine Casey is a 2019-20 Teach Plus DFW Fellow. Christine teaches 11th and 12th grade physics and dual credit chemistry at Waxahachie Global High School, a STEM and Early College High School. She serves on the attendance committee and has presented to staff on project-based learning.  She received the Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship through the University of Texas at Arlington and National Science Foundation. She graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a BS in Biochemistry and MS in Chemistry.

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