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TLPL Teacher Leader
Los Angeles Unified School District

Rebecca brings 27 years of experience as an educator in Los Angeles.  She is a member of the teacher leadership in both elementary History/Social Science and NGSS Science leadership in Los Angeles Unified School District. She also serves as a Project Lead the Way lead teacher at Glassell Park ES.  Previously, she was a Bilingual Teacher Advisor for the Los Angeles Unified School District District Intern Program where she supported and mentored newly trained bilingual teachers.  Rebecca has her BA from Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio Texas in Communication Arts and Media , and an Ed.M from University of Phoenix in Instructional Leadership:  Focus on English Language Arts. 

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Heather Fitzgerald
Teaching Policy Fellow
4th grade teacher
Hickory Elementary School
Torrance Unified School District

Heather Fitzgerald is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow.  Heather teaches 4th grade math and science at Hickory Elementary School in Torrance, California. Heather is the mathematics teacher lead at her school and creates professional development sessions and lesson studies to ensure teachers are well-equipped to facilitate effective, student-centered math explorations. She previously taught in the Newport-Mesa, Laguna Beach, Irvine, and Redondo Beach Unified School Districts in both general and Gifted and Talented education. Over the past four years, she has secured nearly $10,000 in STEAM-related grants for her classroom and school. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of California, Irvine and earned a Common Core Mathematics Leadership Certificate and Common Core Mathematics Coaching Certificate from Loyola Marymount University.

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Camden Flores
Teaching Policy Fellow
Kindergarten teacher
Kempton Street Literacy Academy
La Mesa-Spring Valley School District

Camden Flores is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow.  Camden teaches kindergarten at Kempton Street Literacy Academy, a dual immersion school in Spring Valley, California. She serves on her district’s essential standards, site council, and English Language Development committees. Camden was one of San Diego County’s Teachers of the Year for 2018, was named San Diego County Volunteer of the Month for her work with foster youth, and was recently selected as San Diego’s Scottish Rite Teacher of the Year for her dedication to helping students growing up in poverty. Camden graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Liberal Studies and a certificate in Applied Linguistics and earned her MS in education from National University.

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Karina Gensicke
Teaching Policy Fellow
3rd grade teacher
Franklin Avenue Elementary
Los Angeles Unified School District

Karina Gensicke is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow.  Karina teaches 3rd grade at Franklin Avenue Elementary in Los Angeles, where she is the test site coordinator of the school’s Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) overseeing the implementation of the testing for grades 3-5. She is a member of a public school choice review team, academic planning committee, and is a problem support team coordinator. Karina graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a BA in Liberal Studies, and a minor in Women & Gender Studies. She received her MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Azusa Pacific University.

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Daniel Helena
Teaching Policy Fellow
6th grade English teacher
Kory Hunter Middle School
Los Angeles Unified School District

Daniel Helena is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow.  Daniel teaches 6th grade English at Kory Hunter Middle School in Los Angeles’s Huntington Park neighborhood. He is a member of his charter network’s teacher advisory panel and has developed and implemented curriculum on identity-building for 9th grade English at an LAUSD charter school. As director of the positive behavioral interventions and support team at a public high school in Metro-Atlanta, he led a team that drastically reduced the number of suspensions by creating a character-building curriculum and establishing systems that recognized student accomplishments. Daniel earned a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a MAT in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University.

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Amelia Herrera
Teaching Policy Fellow
11th grade English teacher
Grace Davis High School
Modesto Unified School District

Amelia Herrera is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow.  Amelia is an English Language Development teacher in the Language Institute at Davis High School in Modesto, California, where she works with immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking students from all over the world. Amelia is part of her school site leadership team. She also holds the positions of state and regional treasurer for the United Black Student Unions of California, an organization dedicated to the leadership development of African American students and students of color at the high school level. She earned a BA in English and a BS in Chicano/Latino Studies from California State University, Fresno and earned her MEd in Education with an emphasis is counseling, and her PPS credential from California State University, Stanislaus. 

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Sarah La Due
Teaching Policy Fellow
7th grade English teacher
Korematsu Middle School
West Contra Costa Unified School District

Sarah La Due is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow.  Sarah teaches 7th grade English at Korematsu Middle School in the West Contra Costa, California.  At Korematsu, she serves as English department chair, sits on the instructional leadership team, and is an elected member of the school site council. Prior to teaching, Sarah spent 10 year working in politics and policy for 10 years.  From 2010 to 2014, she served as Assistant Director of Public Affairs for NARAL Pro-Choice California. She earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and completed her credentialing coursework in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University's Graduate School of Education. 

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Erica Marlaine
Teaching Policy Fellow
Early childhood special education teacher
Nevada Avenue Elementary School
Los Angeles Unified School District

Erica Marlaine is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow.  Erica teaches special education preschoolers in an inclusive classroom at Nevada Avenue Elementary School in Canoga Park, California, where she is a member of her school’s English learner advisory committee.  Erica is a National Geographic Certified Educator, and has studied climate change in the arctic as an Earthwatch Teaching Fellow.  She earned a BA in Literature and Rhetoric from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a JD from Hastings College of the Law, and an MEd with Distinction in Early Childhood Special Education from California State University, Northridge.

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Paulina Martinez-Perez
Teaching Policy Fellow
6th grade Spanish Language Arts teacher
Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School
Chula Vista Elementary School District

Paulina Martinez is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow.  Paulina is a 6th grade Spanish Language Arts teacher at Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School, a 50-50 dual immersion school in the city of Chula Vista, California, where she is head of the Comunidad committee, focusing on bringing together community amongst the staff and the teachers at the school site.  Paulina has also taught 4th grade math, English, and science. She graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a BA in Political Science, and double minored in Anthropology and Society and Genetics. She holds a Multiple Subjects Bilingual credential from San Diego State University. 

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V. Xavier Nguyen
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school special education teacher
John Glenn High School
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District

Xavier Nguyen is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow.  Xavier teaches special education math and science at John Glenn High School in Norwalk, California, where he serves on the district co-teaching committee and is a technology lead on site. He is also the assessment coordinator and advisor for National Honor Society. Xavier has served as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar through the U.S. Department of Education, and Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar through the U.S. Department of State to Nanjing, China. He graduated with his BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California and earned his MS in Educational Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Education. 

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