Ashley T. Alexander Schauer is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Ashley is a K-6th grade resource and Response to Intervention (RTI) teacher at Murphy Elementary School in El Sobrante, California. She is a member of the school site council, the student support team, and a Rising Leaders Fellow. Ashley previously served as the 504 coordinator and as a member of the instructional leadership team. She was a VISTA Corps member through AmeriCorps, supporting students and teachers in reading. She received her undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University and her credential and MEd in special education from Loyola Marymount University.
Ron Anaya is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Ron teaches 9th grade world geography at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (WSCA) in Rocklin, California. He founded and advises a DECA chapter at WSCA, whose student-run store has been nationally recognized for excellence, an accolade entered into the Congressional record by Rep. Tom McClintock. Ron has previously served as the English department chair, coached varsity baseball and volleyball, and served on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) team. He is an active member of his community, serving on the Education Advisory Council for the 6th assembly district of California, a member of Post 169 of the American Legion (Roseville), and a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. Ron received his BA in History from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and completed his graduate work at UC Davis.
Keane is a Computer Science and Engineering Teacher in the West Adams Neighborhood of Los Angeles. Keane has committed his career thus far to bringing innovative thinking about education and STEM topics to underserved communities. Keane loves to work on his YouTube channel, Mr. STEM, and spoke about creating instructional videos for classroom use at the California State Project Lead the Way Conference. He has a BA in Applied Mathematics from Loyola Marymount University and a Single Subject Credential from California State University Northridge.
Mario Andrade is a Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow. Mario teaches 4th grade Long Term English Learners (LTEL) at Teresa Hughes Elementary School, where he provides students the before- and after-school access to modern band instruments and serves as the school’s union chapter chair. He previously served as magnet coordinator at Independence Elementary School. Mario became a teacher after being inspired by his high school English teacher’s positive attitude and ability to connect with students on a personal level. He earned a BA in English and Mexican American Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills and received his MEd in Administration from California State University, Northridge.
Richard Barclay is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Richard teaches 11th grade US history at Da Vinci Design High School in El Segundo, California, where he also serves as the 11th grade team leader and Work Experience Coordinator for the school. He has also taught freshman US history 101 as an adjunct professor for Antioch University, Los Angeles. In addition to history, Richard teaches music, specifically percussion, to students of all ages and is one of the percussion coordinators for Riverside Community College. He graduated from Cal State University Fullerton with his BA in History, MA in History, and Teaching Credential in the Social Sciences.
A National Board Certified math teacher, Bootsie Battle-Holt teaches at Marina del Rey Middle School (MDRMS) where she also serves as the mathematics department chairperson. In nearly a decade of teaching in LAUSD, Bootsie has enjoyed the opportunity to work with students and families from all backgrounds and from all over Los Angeles. In addition, she has written and coordinated over $100, 000 in grants, and has logged years of service on a variety of school site-based committees. Bootsie volunteers in organizations that benefit children in the communities surrounding MDRMS. She earned a BA in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her teaching credential candidate at Cal State, Dominguez Hills, where she helped found an organization to unify and celebrate the accomplishments of other candidates.
Julianne Beebe is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Julianne teaches AP English language and composition in the accelerated PACE Academy at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California. Julianne is a National Board Certified teacher in the area of Adolescence and Young Adulthood ELA. She served as an 8th grade Master Teacher for BetterLesson.com, where her Common Core-aligned lessons are published for both national access and personalized professional development. In 2015, she was a Long Beach Unified Teacher of the Year. Julianne earned a BA in English and an MFA in poetry from California State University, Long Beach.
Lindsey Bird is a Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellow. She teaches ELD Geography and is the coordinator of the Language Institute, a specialized program serving immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking high school students in California’s Central Valley. Lindsey is a founder of the community advocacy group Community Advocates for Language Institute Families (CALIF). In May 2013, she was awarded “Maestra del Ano” by the Association of Mexican American Educators, and in August 2015 she received the “Amiga of the Year” award from El Concilio. In November 2015, Lindsey was honored as one of five Carlston Family Foundation “Outstanding Teachers of America.” She earned a degree in Social Science from California State University Chico and a master’s degree in Literacy and Digital Learning from the University of San Diego.
Kaki Blackburn is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Kaki teaches 5th grade at Manzanita Community School in Oakland, California, where she serves on the school’s positive behavior intervention supports team and the school site council. Kaki created and oversees a partnership with Saint Mary’s College to provide classroom supports for at-risk students during the school day. She previously taught 4th grade at Little Rock Preparatory Academy where she was awarded the The Fred and June Hemphill Teaching Fellowship for exemplary achievement as a first-year teacher. Prior to teaching, Kaki served as an AmeriCorps members with City Year in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from from George Mason University with a BA in Government & International politics and earned her MAT in elementary education from Brown University.
Lisa Blackwell is a teacher-librarian at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, California. In 2014, she began teaching AP Seminar, a brand-new research course that is part of the College Board’s AP Capstone diploma. Lisa also delivers research skills lessons to visiting classes to help ensure that students are prepared for the demands of college. Lisa has served for two years as her school’s English department chair, is a National Board Certified teacher, and has presented with her school team at the Education Trust national conference and EdWest. Prior to moving to the library-as-classroom, she taught ninth and tenth grade English. Lisa graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in journalism.