Jaclyn Ballesteros
Teaching Policy Fellow
ECE-4 Lead Teacher, Grade Level Chair
KIPP Northeast Elementary
Denver Public Schools

Jaclyn Ballesteros is a 2020-2021 Colorado Policy Fellow and an ECE-4 teacher and grade level chair at KIPP Northeast Elementary in Denver, Colorado, and has been in the KIPP NE community for three years. She is also a coach for the Girls on the Run program which empowers third and fourth grade girls through fitness, fun and teamwork. Before moving to Denver, Jaclyn was a first grade and preschool teacher at KIPP ZENITH Academy in Southwest Houston, Texas, and served as a regional math curriculum planner. She graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Elementary Education.

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Sara Jean Banks
Senior Fellow
Dean of Instruction
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College
Denver Public Schools

Sara Jean Banks is a 2020-2021 Colorado Senior Policy Fellow and works as a Dean of Instruction at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College (DMLK) in Denver. She previously served as a high school science teacher at both DMLK and AUL Denver, where she served as a Senior Team Lead coaching, collaborating, and evaluating her team of teachers and sat on her school's instructional leadership team. Sara Jean has been awarded Teacher of the Year in her district and has been nominated for Teacher Leader of the Year. She serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, teaching an environmental science course and also serves on the AUL Denver’s Board of Directors. 

She earned her MA in Curriculum & Instruction through the Denver Teacher Residency after earning a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado.

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Emily Bassier headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
Earth science and algebra teacher
Equipo Academy
Nevada State Public Charter School Authority

Emily Bassier is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Emily teaches 7th  grade earth science and high school Algebra II problem solving, and develops teachers as an instructional coach.  She is a founding member of the leadership team at Equipo Academy, a public charter school in east Las Vegas created by a local group of students, families, and teachers. Prior to working at Equipo Academy, Emily taught in the Clark County School District as an elementary school teacher.  Emily graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in political science and economics, joined the teaching profession through Teach for America, and earned an MEd in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Allen Baugh, Jr.
Teaching Policy Fellow
High School ELA Teacher
Forest Hill High School
Jackson Public Schools

Allen Baugh, Jr.  is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. He currently serves as an English II teacher and the English Department Chair at Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Mississippi. Allen is a 2018 Teach for America Corp Member and a recent inductee into the TFA Alumni Corp. He earned his BS in Communication and Psychology from Allegheny College and currently is a candidate for a Master’s of Science in Educational Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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Ben Beckam headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
K-8th grade mathematics Instructional coach
Washoe County School District

Ben Beckam is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. Ben is a mathematics K-8 instructional coach in the Washoe County School District. In this role, he engages in co-teaching cycles with teachers, writes and vets curriculum documents, and provides professional learning. He is a member of the math content leaders team and serves on the board of the Northern Nevada Math Council. Ben previously taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, served as a mentor teacher for new teachers, and coached the school soccer team. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a BA in psychology and received his MEd in STEM education from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Senior Fellow
12th grade social studies teacher
Del Sol Academy for the Performing Arts
Clark County School District

Kenneth Belknap is a Teach Plus Nevada Senior Policy Fellow. Kenneth teaches AP and Honors US government at Del Sol Academy for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, where he is also chairman of his school’s organization team. Kenneth is a member of the Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Cabinet, is on the Executive board for Clark County Education Association and was a member of National Education Association’s and Consortium for Educational Change’s second cohort of the Early Career Leadership fellowship. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a BS in Secondary Education with a focus in social studies.

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Meaghan Bell headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
Resource teacher
Itinerant LAUSD West
Los Angeles Unified School District

Meaghan Bell is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Meaghan is an itinerant resource teacher serving students with disabilities in LAUSD. She started her career in education as a literacy tutor in San Francisco before joining Teach For America in Los Angeles. She previously taught math in the special day program and served as a math department co-chair at Burbank Middle School, which was named a School To Watch by the California League of Middle Schools. The CLMS also recognized Meaghan as an Educator of the Year in 2013. She works as a math workshop facilitator for the non-profit textbook company, College Preparatory Mathematics, supporting general and special education teachers. She earned her BA from the University of San Francisco and MA in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University.

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Danielle Bercovicz headshot
Senior Fellow
Special education teacher
Mount Pleasant High School
Providence Public School District

Danielle Bercovicz is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Senior Policy Fellow. A returning Fellow, Danielle teaches 11th grade Research Seminar and 12th grade transition and is the special education teacher leader at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, RI. She came to Rhode Island and teaching through Teach For America in 2012 and is still actively involved in the organization. Danielle earned her BA in Psychology and Communication with a minor in Education as a Social Science from Rutgers University and her MA in Urban Education Policy from Brown University. 

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Emily Bermes
Teaching Policy Fellow
1st grade teacher
Catalyst Maria Charter School

Emily Bermes is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Policy Fellow. Emily teaches 1st grade at Catalyst Maria Charter School, where she also serves as the primary team leader and a teacher mentor. In these roles, Emily advocates for developmentally-appropriate instructional practices and supports with training and mentoring new teachers. Additionally, Emily coordinates and coaches for her school’s Girls on the Run program. Emily graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Wittenberg University and earned an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and an ESL Endorsement from National Louis University.

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Joyce Bernau-Enriquez
Teaching Policy Fellow
Music teacher/director
Central High School
Providence Public Schools

Joyce Bernau-Enriquez is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Policy Fellow. Joyce teaches music at Central High School in Providence, RI, where she coordinates a volunteer program for her piano students to provide music for patients receiving autoimmune treatments at the Miriam Hospital.  As a member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of RI, Joyce co-chairs a youth initiative that affords opportunities for college and high school students to become involved in world affairs, and serves on the programming  committee enlisting  speakers for events. Joyce graduated with a BA in Music from Rhode Island College and is pursuing a Masters of Arts Holistic Leadership program at Salve Regina University.

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