Julio Alicea is a Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. He serves the communities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence as a social studies teacher and advisor at Blackstone Academy Charter School. As part of his many roles at BACS, he teaches world history and economics and works in the SPIRIT educational program to combat learning loss in the summer months and provide structured college access programming during the school year. In addition, Julio is an adjunct faculty member in the community development program at the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies, where he teaches classes on urban education and social justice education. Julio received his BA from Swarthmore College and his MAT from Brown University.
Daniel Allen teaches self-contained ELA classes at Emma Donnan Middle School in Indianapolis, where he has a special focus on the Common Core standards and has implemented a reading-centered curriculum into his resource periods. He coaches girls and boys middle school basketball; his girls' team went undefeated in 2013. Daniel's passion for helping students with special needs came from his teachers, who helped him overcome his own learning disability. He started his teaching career at Indiana Math and Science Academy _ West, where he worked with special needs students across subjects. Daniel majored in political science and minored in psychology/philosophy at DePauw University. He earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching with a focus on special education from Marian University.
Chantei Alves is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Chantei teaches K1 inclusion at Young Achievers K-8 Science and Math Pilot School in Mattapan, MA, where she is also the K0-K1 team leader, K0-K1 instructional leadership team representative, and Lighthouse (social emotional and school culture) team member. Chantei is a member of the Boston Network of Black Student Achievement (BNBSA), a BNBSA SpEd Committee member, and an educator on The Teacher Collaborative Educator Council. Chantei graduated from Atlantic Union College with a BA in Pre-Med Biology and Chemistry minor and received her MEd in Education from Northeastern University.
Margaret (Meg) Amarante is a Teach Plus Indianapolis Teaching Policy Fellow. Meg teaches 5th-8th grade self-contained science at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle School, where she supports inclusion 6th grade math and literacy as the grade level Teacher of Record as well as facilitates SPED-specific professional development for her peer teachers. Previously, she worked as a special educator at TC Howe Community High School, teaching 9th-12th self-contained English. Meg graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Biology and a minor in English and received her Master’s in Teaching with a focus on Special Education from Marian University.
Nicole Amato teaches 10th grade classical literature and composition at Pritzker College Prep, a campus of the Noble Network Charter Schools, where she sponsors her campus’ Gay-Straight Alliance and Spoken Word Poetry Club. Encouraging dialogue and social justice is at the heart of Nicole’s work as a teacher. Nicole is a member of The National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). She graduated from Clemson University with a BA in Secondary English Education and received her MA in Literacy from Furman 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.
Kathleen Anderson is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow. Kathleen teaches at STRIVE Prep - Kepner, a turnaround school in Southwest Denver. She was a Colorado Educator Voice Fellow with America Achieves during the 2016-2017 school year and is a finalist for the 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Kathleen graduated with a BA in creative writing from Colorado College and earned an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver.
Shenise Anderson teaches secondary English Language Arts in Fairley High School. She started her teaching career in 2010 in Memphis. She has taught classes from 9th grade Language Arts to AP English literature and composition. She has taken on various leadership roles both at her school and within the district. Currently, she is a curriculum writer, a learning coach, Common Core leader and her school's National Honor Society advisor. Prior to becoming a teacher, Shenise worked as an accountant. Shenise holds a BA in English and an MS in Accounting from Alabama A&M University.
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.