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Aileen Gendrano Adao headshot
TLPL Teacher Leader
Math, science, and technology teacher
Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School
Los Angeles Unified School District

Aileen Gendrano Adao is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Change Agent Teacher Leader. Aileen teaches 12th grade English and AP Literature at Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School, where she serves as the restorative justice lead teacher. She received National Board Certification in English Language Arts and completed Breathe for Change’s Yoga and Socio-Emotional Wellness Program for educators. She was recognized as one of LAUSD’s 2018 Teachers of the Year. She received her BA in English Education from California State Long Beach and her MEd from UCLA.

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Nikysha D. Gilliam
Teaching Policy Fellow
9th/10th grade English language development teacher
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School
Los Angeles Unified School District

Nikysha D. Gilliam is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow who teaches at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD. Nikysha teaches English Language Development and ninth and tenth grade English for English learners. Previously, she has taught both elementary and middle school. Gilliam has traveled to Senegal, West Africa as a Fulbright Fellow in the Teachers for Global Classrooms program, and was named LAUSD Teacher of the Year (2019) and Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year (2019) as well. She received a BA in English from the University of Michigan, an MA in Educational Administration from California State University at Northridge, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Loyola Marymount University with an emphasis in Educational Leadership for Social Justice.

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Rina Gonzalez
Teaching Policy Fellow
9th/12th grade English teacher
Hamilton High School
Hamilton Unified School District

Rina Gonzalez is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow who teaches 9th grade, 12th grade, and AP English Literature at Hamilton High School in Hamilton City. In addition to her work at Hamilton High, Rina is very involved in the Carlston Family Foundation Teacher Leadership Academy (TLA). At the TLA, Rina works alongside other veteran teachers to mentor early-career teachers for one week in the summer. She was honored with the Carlston Family Outstanding Teachers of America Award in 2006 and Hamilton Teacher of the year in 2007. She has been the secretary for the Hamilton Teachers Association for 10 years. She holds a BA in English from Sonoma State University and a MA in Education from Chico State University.

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TLPL Teacher Leader
Kindergarten teacher
Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School
Los Angeles Schools

Amy Haddad is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Change Agent Teacher Leader. Amy is a kindergarten teacher at Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School in Boyle Heights. She previously taught in Maryland and has worked in Title I schools for over ten years. Amy is a PUC Mentor (Partnerships Uplifting Communities) for new teachers in the charter school network and volunteers at Endeavor to coach volleyball for middle school students.  Amy earned her BS from Salisbury University and her MA from The George Washington University.

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Teaching Policy Fellow
9th Grade Ethnic Studies teacher
Leadership Public Schools Oakland R&D

Asha Hannah is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow who teaches 9th grade Ethnic Studies at LPS Oakland R&D. She currently serves as 9th grade team co-lead and member of the Instructional Leadership Team. Asha started her career as a Teach for America, South Carolina corps member in 2011, where she taught elementary special education. After three years, she moved back home to Oakland where she was a high school Education Specialist at LPS. She obtained her TEFL certification and taught English to adults and children in Tangier, Morocco. There she learned of the harsh inequalities facing people of African descent all over the world and decided to return home to begin her career as an Ethnic Studies teacher in Oakland. Asha received her BA in Anthropology with Highest Honors in African-American Studies from Oberlin College. She obtained her MA in Instructional Accommodation from Francis Marion University.

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Jenna Hewitt King
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school English teacher
Amador Valley High School
Los Angeles Unified School District

Jenna Hewitt King is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow who teaches English at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. She is a certified SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Leader and Breathe for Change Wellness Champion/Yoga Teacher. She has previously taught Social Justice and Leadership. Jenna hosts many professional development opportunities for local educators centered around equity, social-emotional learning, and teacher self-care. She also serves as the High School At-Large Representative on her local teacher’s union Executive Board. Jenna received her BA in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University and her MA in Education from Mills College.

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Alicia Jaime-Razo
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school Spanish teacher
West Campus High School
Sacramento City Unified School District

Alicia Jaime-Razo is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow who teaches High School Spanish, Spanish for Heritage Speakers, and AP Spanish at West Campus High School in Sacramento. She is the school’s ELAC coordinator and advisor for the Latino, Movimiento Estudiantil, and Folklorico clubs. Before teaching, she was Latino outreach coordinator at John F. Kennedy High School where she helped students graduate. As a child, she dreamed of becoming a teacher. Every day after school she played “a la escuelita” with cousins and friends, and made her “students” compete to finish their homework. After completing an English Learner Program, she graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a MA in Literature and Linguistics in Spanish.

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Christina Johnson
Teaching Policy Fellow
10th grade Chemistry teacher
Santee Education Complex
Los Angeles Unified School District

Christina Johnson teaches 10th grade Chemistry in a full inclusion setting, in which both General Education and Special Education students collaborate together, at Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles. She also serves as the Special Education Department Chair and the facilitator/sponsor for the Black Student Union. In previous years Christina served as a Restorative Communities and College Lead, where she provided training in restorative practices school-wide and in the classroom. Christina is a recipient of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools Courageous Teacher of the Year award for her commitment to the inclusion of both Special Education and Black students on her campus. Christina was also selected as the 2020-2021 Inclusion Facilitator at her school site, to work directly with and hold administration accountable for their Special Education inclusion practices. Christina is a Teach For America Alum, and member of the Educators 4 Excellence Advisory Board and United Teachers Los Angeles union House of Representatives.  She graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a BA in English Literature and received her MAT from the University of Southern California in the art of teaching. She later received her second MA from Loyola Marymount University in Urban Education Policy and Administration.

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TLPL Teacher Leader
9th and 11th grade English arts teacher
San Pedro High School
Los Angeles Unified School District

Michael Kurdyla is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Change Agent Teacher Leader. Michael is a 9th and 11th grade English arts teacher at San Pedro High School in San Pedro, California. Born into a family of educators, he returned to teach at his alma mater in 2006. Michael has served as a lead facilitator as well as GATE coordinator for his school. In 2016, he became the first teacher at his school to become National Board Certified (Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts). Michael works with new teachers as a mentor to support teacher retention under the Reed Investment Schools Partnership and with the Beginning Teacher Growth & Development Induction (BTGDI) program for Los Angeles Unified School District. Michael earned his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Michele Lamons-Raiford
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school ASL teacher
Pinole Valley High School
West Contra Costa Unified School District

Michele Lamons-Raiford is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. She teaches American Sign Language at Pinole Valley High School and is the co-leader of the New Teacher Mentor Group. She previously taught English at Pinole, and currently is an adjunct English Instructor at Solano Community College. Michele was awarded the Carlston Family Foundation Outstanding Teachers of America Award, and Top Ten Claes Nobel Educator of the Year from The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). She was previously the Tournament Director, and is currently the Vice President of the Golden Gate Speech Association. Michele has a BA/MA in English Literature from California State University, Sacramento and a Teaching Credential from California State University, Hayward (East Bay) in English Literature and Composition, with a Supplemental Teaching Credential in American Sign Language.

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