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Drew Hall
Teaching Policy Fellow
Quitman County Middle School

Drew Hall is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow and is 5th-8th grade gifted teacher at Quitman County Middle School in Marks. Drew also coaches volleyball and track and field at M.S. Palmer High School and works with the Reclaimed Project to support teachers and students in the community. Drew is a member of NCTE's Standing Committee Against Censorship. He earned his BA in Secondary English Education and his MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. 

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Germaine Hampton
Teaching Policy Fellow
West Tallahatchie High School

Germaine Hampton is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow and is a high school social studies teacher at West Tallahatchie High School in Webb. Hampton teaches US History (post-Reconstruction to the Modern Era), Local Culture and AP Government & Politics. He serves as the Social Studies Departmental Chairperson and as a member of West Tallahatchie High School’s leadership team. Hampton was named 2016 West Tallahatchie School District’s Teacher of the Year and has received multiple Teacher of the Month awards during his tenure at West Tallahatchie High School. He earned his BA in Education from the University of Mississippi.

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Shamia Hopper
Teaching Policy Fellow
Smilow Collegiate School

Shamia Hopper is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow and is a founding fourth-grade team leader and teacher of Smilow Collegiate Charter School in Jackson. She is in her third year of teaching, having previously taught kindergarten inclusion. She earned her BA in Elementary Education from Millsaps College and an MEd in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. 

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Crystal Jackson
Teaching Policy Fellow
Warren Central Intermediate School

Crystal Jackson is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow and third-grade special education teacher at Warren Central Intermediate School in Vicksburg. She teaches both reading and math in inclusion and resource settings. Crystal began her teaching career in Louisiana as a 2014 Teach for America corps member and school testing coordinator and has since taught various grades between Pre-K and eighth grade. Crystal earned her BA in Religion from Georgetown College and MEd in Special Education from Arkansas State University. 

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Athena Lindsey
Senior Fellow
South Delta Middle School

Athena Lindsey is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Senior Policy Fellow and a 6th and 7th grade math teacher at South Delta Middle in Anguilla. Athena is a member of the school’s leadership team and is the New Teacher Mentor. She previously served as department chair and grade level leader. Throughout her 18-year career, Athena has taught STEM, AP Biology, Biology, Mathematics, and GED courses. Athena is a member of the Vicksburg-Warren MAE chapter, Vicksburg-Warren Alcorn State University Alumni Chapter, and South Delta School District PTO. Athena received her BS in Agronomy and MA in Elementary Education from Alcorn State University. She also received her Specialist in Educational Leadership from William Carey University.

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Shaun McDonough
Teaching Policy Fellow
Midtown Public Charter School

Shaun McDonough is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow and an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Midtown Public Charter School in Jackson. Shaun has been teaching for four years and served as the social studies department head at his previous school. He’s been awarded the Lily Ann INSPIRE Teaching Award from the University of Mississippi and the PREPS-value-added award for his students’ academic success on the 2019 U.S. History MAAP assessment. He received his BA in International Studies from the University of Central Florida. He later joined the Mississippi Teacher Corps where he received his MAT from the University of Mississippi.

 
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Kathryn McGraw
Teaching Policy Fellow
Murrah High School

Kathryn James McGraw is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow in her third year teaching English II and Creative Writing at Murrah High School in Jackson. Kathryn serves as English II Team Lead and facilitates district-wide professional development for English II teachers. For the past three summers, she has served as the assistant principal for the Mississippi Teacher Corps’ training program. Prior to teaching at Murrah, she taught English II for two years at Holly Springs High School, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2019. Kathryn is a Mississippi Teacher Corps alum and an NEH Institute participant, and she is completing her National Boards. She earned a BA in Public Policy, Economics, and Southern Studies and a MAT from the University of Mississippi.

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Daniel Pepper
Teaching Policy Fellow
Long Beach Middle School

Daniel Pepper is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow and the Introduction to Geography teacher at Long Beach Middle School in Long Beach. He is the head of Social Studies Department at his campus. He previously taught at the high-school level for seven years and is a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant. Daniel has been named the Teacher of the Year for Long Beach School District (2018-19) and the State Teacher of the Year for the American Legion (2018-19). He holds a BA in business management with a minor in history from the American Public University System, and an MEd in secondary education from William Carey University.

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Alison Rausch
Senior Fellow
5th and 6th grade special education teacher
Wheeler Attendance Center
Prentiss County School District

Alison Rausch is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Senior Policy Fellow and is a 5th and 6th grade special education teacher at Wheeler Attendance Center in Booneville. Alison is also a member of the  Teach Plus National Policy Advisory Board. She has received several grants for her school including the Mississippi Professional Educators Grant and the Stride Grant. She received a BS in Special Education from Mississippi State University, an MEd from Union University, an EdS from Arkansas State University, and an EdD in Education from Belhaven University.

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Shawna Robinson
Teaching Policy Fellow
Monroe County Advanced Learning Center

Shawna Robinson is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow and high school math teacher at the Monroe County Advanced Learning Center in Amory. Shawna is her campus’ Mu Alpha Theta sponsor and co-creator of the school-wide ACT initiative. Shawna has been named STAR Teacher six times, was named ALC Teacher of the Year (2016-2017) and was recently a National Board Ambassador for the state of Mississippi (2020-2021). She is a National Board Certified Teacher. She earned her BA in English Education from Mississippi University for Women and her math endorsement through Mississippi State University. Shawna recently earned her EdD in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Mississippi.  

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