Andrew Adjei is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow and is a 4th-grade teacher in Indianapolis. Andrew has been an educator for almost 10 years and is in his fifth year of teaching 4th grade. Andrew was named his school’s 2020 Teacher of the Year award and leads the equity team at his school. Andrew holds a BS in Economics and East Asian Studies from John Carroll University and is currently pursuing an MPA at Indiana State University.
Margaret (Meg) Amarante is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Innovations Teacher Collaborative teacher leader and is the Middle School Teacher of Record at Cold Spring School in Indianapolis, providing inclusion instruction in Math and ELA. Meg serves on Cold Spring School’s Teacher Advisory Committee and is also a standing member of the school’s iTEAM and MTSS teams. Meg was previously a Special Educator and Science Teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. She is a Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellowship alumna and a Teach for America Indianapolis alumna. She has created and facilitated SPED specific Professional Development for her peer teachers as well as new TFA Corps members. Meg graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Biology and a minor in English. She received her MA in Teaching with a focus on Special Education from Marian University.
McKenya Dilworth is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow who teaches 7th grade ELA, Social Science, and German in Gary. McKenya is a member of the School Improvement Committee and chairs the African American History Culturally Competent Curriculum. She is the recipient of NATL German Teachers Grant, Superintendent's Grant (Alexandria, VA) and Indiana Humanities Council INCommon Grant where she used humanities text to hone her young scholars’ reading comprehension and analytical skills. Dilworth has BAs in Theatre Arts and German from Simpson College, an MEd and is currently a PhD student in Organizational Management and Leadership at the University of Phoenix.
Amanda Fagan is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Innovations Teacher Collaborative teacher leader who teaches 11th grade English and serves as English Department Coordinator at Herron High School in Indianapolis. Amanda sponsors her campus’ Poetry Out Loud contest and has coached a state runner-up and two winners of the associated Poetry Ourselves writing competition. She graduated from Marian University with a BA in English Education and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Butler University.
Max Glenn is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Innovations Teacher Collaborative teacher leader and a Special Education Teacher providing inclusion instruction at Cold Spring School. Max serves on the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and is a standing member of the Multi-Tier Systems of Support team where he provides insight into tier 2 and 3 interventions. Max previously taught at KIPP Indy, has been a Community Site Coordinator at Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy, and a professional theatre teaching artist for the Cleveland Play House who helped pilot their Compassionate Arts Remaking Education (CARE) program, using theatre as a trauma informed pedagogy to cultivate social emotional learning and literacy. He graduated from Truman State University with a BA in Theatre, earned an MA in Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism at The Ohio State University, and received his MAE in Special Education from Marian University.
Adam Hibshman is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Innovations Teacher Collaborative teacher leader and a science teacher at Riverside High School in Indianapolis. He teaches Earth and Space Science, Integrated Chemistry-Physics, and AP Physics I. Adam serves as the grade-level team lead for 12th grade. He is the faculty moderator of the Astronomy Club, holding weekly meetings and occasional telescope nights at school, and is involved with the IPS Innovation Teacher Collaborative with his project “Ambassador of Awesome: Making lesson plan dreams a reality.” Adam graduated from Butler University with a BS in Physics and Middle/Secondary Education.
Suzanne Holcomb is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow who teaches 5th grade at Mary Beck Elementary in Elkhart. Suzanne is a member of Mary Beck’s Guiding Coalition as well as the grade level teacher leader. Suzanne has been the recipient of an innovative grant that created a makerspace and clothes closet for her building. An 18-year educator, Suzanne has taught multiple grade levels and served as her campus’ Technology Coordinator and presented at the Indiana Computer Education conference during her tenure. Suzanne has been awarded the 2020 Indiana Library Federation’s Read Aloud Champion Award and was named the 2015-2016 Elkhart Community Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year. Suzanne graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a BA in Elementary Education and from Indiana Wesleyan University with an MA in Education.
Melissa McMickle is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Innovations Teacher Collaborative teacher leader who teaches 4th grade at Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School in Indianapolis. A veteran educator, Melissa has taught at various grade levels, served as the curriculum team lead, and worked with educators throughout the district to develop quality standards-based instruction for all students. She was awarded the VEXIQ Robotics Start Up Grant through the state of Indiana, which led her to coach a Robotics team and run a Robotics and Engineering Club in an effort to engage students with STEM concepts. She graduated from Johnson University with a BA in Urban Studies and received her MEd in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University-Indianapolis.
Annika is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow and an 8th grade STEM teacher and mentor teacher at Goshen Junior High School in Goshen. Annika hosts a Girls Who Code club on her campus, is a certified Project Lead the Way teacher, and a recipient of the STEM Teach IV grant through STEM Teach Indiana. She’s previously taught 6th grade science, math, English, and social studies. Annika received her BA in Elementary Education from Goshen College and is licensed in K-12 computer science.
Lauren Perkins is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Indiana Innovations Teacher Collaborative teacher leader who serves as the Reading Specialist at Enlace Academy in Indianapolis. She launched and currently oversees the school’s small group reading initiative for K-3 teachers and leads the school’s home literacy visit program. A veteran teacher, Lauren has worked as a 3rd and 4th grade reading interventionist and a classroom teacher in pre-k through first grade. Lauren was recognized by the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation as a Teacher of the Year finalist and she is a Teach for America alumna. Lauren graduated from DePauw University with a BA in English Literature and earned an MA in Teaching from Marian University.