Aaron Boudreaux is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow who teaches 8th grade Math and Algebra 1 at The Bailey School for Performing and Visual Arts, where he also facilitates 21st Century after-school programs. Aaron serves on several committees at the school and recently served as math department chair. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a BA in General Studies of the Arts and Sciences and received his MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Lesley Bozman is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow who teaches 8th grade U.S. History at Forest Park Magnet School and serves as the lead teacher for the Social Studies Department in Longview, Texas. Lesley also helps develop history content and lessons for a charter system within her district. She has extensively worked with and has been trained by the International Baccalaureate program to help students look at the world through intercultural understanding and respect, alongside an expectation for learning and excellence. She has been awarded an Exemplary distinction on her professional certificate for the Teacher Incentive Allotment. Lesley graduated from University of North Texas with a BA in Sociology and received her MEd in Educational Administration from Lamar University.
Nikki Bryant is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow who is a self-contained, third-grade teacher at Wells Branch Elementary, Arts Integration Academy in Round Rock. She serves on her campus’s Leadership team, CARE team, and Site Based Advisory, Equity, English Language Arts, and Math committees. During her second year of teaching, she successfully led a team to write four grant proposals which resulted in an award of $10,000 to support early childhood literacy. She graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Houston. In August 2021, she will receive her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification from Texas State.
Kelsey Bullington-Hodge is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow who teaches 10th grade World History at WT White High School’s Collegiate Program in Dallas, Texas. Kelsey began as a community liaison at Dallas ISD’s first personalized learning high school, then went on to teach 8th grade U.S. History while serving as an Instructional Lead Teacher. She graduated from Ursinus College with a BA in History and International Relations.
Angela Burley is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow who teaches 6th grade World Cultures at Sarah Zumwalt Middle in Dallas, Texas, and serves as the 6th grade Department Chair and Social Studies Lead. As a campus instructional leader, she is responsible for creating and conducting technology training as well as teacher effectiveness training for teachers and staff. Angela is a Distinguished Teacher in the Dallas Independent School District with an Exemplary II rating. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Psychology and received her MEd in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with an emphasis in Social Studies from the University of Missouri.
Marissa Castañón-Hernandez is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Senior Policy Fellow and is the Theatre Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (ARS). Marissa served as the ARS representative for the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN) Campus Council and founded and chairs the ARS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Marissa is an Austin ISD Professional Pathway for Teachers Social Emotional Learning Leadership graduate and a YWPN Educator of Excellence Award Recipient. She has presented professional development including Mindfulness & SEL through a Theatre Lens and Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Theatre Classroom. She graduated from Southwestern University with a BA in Theatre and Communication and received her MFA in Theatre at UT Austin.
Marcelino Castillo is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow and is a 3rd Grade Dual Language teacher at James Bonham Academy in San Antonio. He is a general education teacher teaching core subjects such as mathematics, reading, language arts, social studies, and science. Marcelino is a co-chair of the Cultural Committee at Bonham Academy. He graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio with a BA in Management and received his MBA in Management from DeVry University.
Josue Coronado is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow who teaches 9th grade English and leads the English and Spanish departments at KIPP Somos Collegiate High School in San Antonio. Josue has been recognized for his commitment to DEI, the rigorous expectations he holds his students to, and the community he fosters in each classroom. Josue earned his BA in English and Anthropology at Georgetown University and his MS in Education at Johns Hopkins University.
Kelly Emadi is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow currently works as a Reading Academy Cohort Leader where she provides training and support for Lockhart ISD. She’s previously served as a district instructional coach, a classroom teacher, and a K-12 special education teacher. Emadi has reviewed curriculum for two rounds of the Texas Resource Review and has been awarded Teacher of the Year. She graduated with honors from Texas State University with her MEd in Educational Leadership.
Ugochi Emenaha is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Senior Policy Fellow who teaches Dyslexia at Beck Junior High in Houston. A 14-year teaching veteran, Ugochi has served as a teacher, Dean of Students, Reading Specialist, and currently sponsors the campus Destination Imagination and BIPoC Student Union. Ugochi was awarded the Making a Difference in Education Award by her alma mater University of Michigan. She graduated from University of Michigan with a BA in English and received her MEd in ELL and Teaching from Loyola University in Chicago.