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Allen Baugh, Jr.
Teaching Policy Fellow
High School ELA Teacher
Forest Hill High School
Jackson Public Schools

Allen Baugh, Jr.  is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. He currently serves as an English II teacher and the English Department Chair at Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Mississippi. Allen is a 2018 Teach for America Corp Member and a recent inductee into the TFA Alumni Corp. He earned his BS in Communication and Psychology from Allegheny College and currently is a candidate for a Master’s of Science in Educational Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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Syreata Brassell
Teaching Policy Fellow
5th grade teacher
Quitman County Middle School
Quitman County School District

Syreata Brassell is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. She is a 5th grade teacher and grade level chair at Quitman County Middle School in Marks, Mississippi. Her focus is for her students to use real-life situations and apply it to the things that are taught in her science class. Syreata earned her BA and MEd in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University.

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Rosemary Collins
Teaching Policy Fellow
3rd Grade Literacy Teacher
Lockard Elementary School
Sunflower Consolidated School District

Rosemary Collins is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. She is a Literacy Fellow at Delta Health Alliance (Lockard Elementary School) in Indianola, Mississippi. As a literacy fellow she provides at-risk 3rd graders in the Mississippi Delta area with targeted and essential reading interventions. In 2014, the Bolivar Commercial recognized Rosemary as Teacher of the Month for her outstanding service and work. She was also nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2016, and recognized as the Life Changer of the Year in 2017. Rosemary is a graduate of Delta State University, earning both a Bachelors and MEd in Elementary Education.

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Tiffany T. Davis
Teaching Policy Fellow
Kindergarten teacher
Webb Kindergarten Prep
Greenville Public Schools

Tiffany Davis is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. She is a kindergarten teacher at Webb Kindergarten Preparatory School in Greenville, Mississippi. An educator for over 2 decades, she served her hometown district as a classroom teacher, lead teacher, mentor, and administrator. She served on numerous school and district level advisory panels, most recently serving on the Superintendent’s Advisory. She was named Teacher of the Year at Akin Elementary in 2003 and again at her current school in 2019. After achieving National Board Certification in the area of Early Childhood Generalist (2005), she served as an adjunct instructor in elementary education for Mississippi Valley State University (2003-2012). Tiffany recently completed the NEA Teacher Leadership Institute (2018-2019) Teacher Fellowship. She earned her BS degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State (1996), an MEd in Elementary Education, an MEd in Educational Leadership, as well as an EdS in Elementary Education from Delta State University.

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Jariel Davis
Teaching Policy Fellow
2nd grade Lead Teacher
Ambition Preparatory Charter School

Jariel Davis is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. She is a founding member and 2nd grade Lead Teacher at Ambition Preparatory Charter School in Jackson, Mississippi. She also serves as Master Teacher for the school’s Teacher Leadership Program which is a leadership pipeline whose goal is to improve instructional delivery, thus making a positive impact on student academic performance. Jariel earned a BS in Elementary Education with endorsements in Math and Reading from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Malissa Flowers
Teaching Policy Fellow
Early Education Teacher
Beechwood Elementary
Vicksburg-Warren School District

Malissa Flowers is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. She currently teaches 3- and 4-year-old children with special needs at Beechwood Elementary School in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She taught Mathematics at Presbyterian Christian Middle/High School (2005-06); served as an inclusion teacher/MET Chair at Sumrall Middle/High School (2006-2015); and taught Geometry and Algebra 3 at Brandon High School (2015-2017). Malissa was named Beechwood’s Teacher of the Year (2019-20); Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year (2019-20); appointed to the MS Teacher Council (2019- present); and serves as the Secretary-elect for the MS Early Childhood Association (2020-2022). She earned her BS in Mathematics and an MEd in Education from William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS.

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Joe Greenberg
Teaching Policy Fellow
9th Grade Teacher
J.W. Stampley 9th Grade Academy
Clarksdale Municipal School District

Joe Greenberg is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. He teaches Coding, 3D Printing, and STEM and previously taught fifth grade ELA and history. He centers his classroom around student-led learning, providing a space that fosters individualism and amplifies student voices. Joe was twice-named Teacher of The Month in the West Tallahatchie School District and served as head coach of the Varsity Baseball Team for three years. He earned his BA in Africana Studies and Politics at Oberlin College, with High Honors in the former for his thesis on Systemic Racism.

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Kendall Hardy
Teaching Policy Fellow
English II Teacher
Holly Springs High School
Holly Springs School District

Kendall Hardy is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. She is an English II teacher, English department chair, and National Honor Society sponsor at Holly Springs High School in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Kendall was named the Holly Springs High School Rookie of the Year (2018-2019) after her first year teaching and went on to be awarded the Andrew P. Mullins Award (2019-2020) upon her completion of the Mississippi Teacher Corps program. She earned her BA in Political Science from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and her MAT from The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Rachel D. Johnson
Teaching Policy Fellow
3rd Grade Teacher
Buckatunna School
Wayne County School District

Rachel Johnson is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. She is a 3rd grade teacher and community leader at Buckatunna School in Buckatunna, Mississippi. She was recently nominated as Buckatunna School’s PTO Vice President for the 2020-2021 school year and is a member of the Buckatunna School Leadership Team. Rachel previously taught first grade and second grade at Buckatunna School. She was the recipient of the McDonald’s Golden Apple Teacher Award for the 2017-2018 school year and was recently awarded an educational technology grant through the Dart Foundation for her school. She earned a BS degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, a MEd in Elementary Education and an EdS degree in Educational Leadership from William Carey University, Hattiesburg. 

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Fanisha Johnson
Teaching Policy Fellow
Kindergarten Teacher
Tunica Elementary
Tunica County School District

Fanisha Johnson  is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. She is a kindergarten teacher at Tunica Elementary in Tunica, Mississippi where she has worked her entire career of 13 years. She teaches all subjects and focuses on preparing her students to become readers and writers as they work to prepare for first grade. Fanisha has served as grade chair and a member of her school’s leadership team. She’s also provided professional development to teacher colleagues. Fanisha was recognized for her students’ academic performance on a state assessment as a third grade English Language Arts teacher. Fanisha also received Superintendent recognition for her students’ academic performance on STAR Early Literacy. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Jackson State University, MEd in Teaching Literacy and Language from Kaplan University, and EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration from Walden University.

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