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Teaching Policy Fellow
North Shore Middle School

Antonio Antoine  is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow who teaches 8th grade English and Advanced English at North Shore Middle School in Houston. Antonio serves as a mentor teacher and on a number of district and campus committees, sponsors several student organizations, and oversees campus engagement initiatives. Antonio serves as President of the North Shore Middle PTA and Vice President of the Galena Park Community Council. He was awarded 2018 “Rookie Teacher of the Year” for his campus and the Galena Park school district. He received his BA in Public Relations from McNeese State University.

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Kimberly Archie
Teaching Policy Fellow
Lanier High School

Kimberly Archie is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow and is a teacher at Lanier High School in Jackson. Kimberly has been teaching K-12 for more than 20 years. Kimberly was recently selected as Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.'s Centennial President of the Year. Kimberly received her degrees from Alcorn State University and Jackson State University.

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Hannah Gadd Ardrey
Teaching Policy Fellow
Lafayette Middle School & Lafayette High School

Hannah Gadd Ardrey is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow who is in her seventh year of teaching choir, music history, and dual credit music appreciation at Lafayette Middle School and Lafayette High School in Oxford. As a 2021 Grammy Music Educator Quarterfinalist, she uses M.U.S.I.C. as a tool to Motivate, Understand, and Sculpt Independent Citizens both inside and outside of the classroom. Hannah was named the 2019 Mississippi Teacher of the Year and represented Mississippi as the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence recipient. She serves on the board for both the Mississippi Music Educators Association and the MS Teacher Leader Network. She earned her BM in Music Education and MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Mississippi and recently earned her EdS in Educational Leadership from William Carey University. She is currently pursuing an EdD in Educational Administration and Leadership from Walden University.

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Yaël Saint-Armand
Teaching Policy Fellow
STRIVE Preparatory Schools - Sunnyside Campus

Yaël Saint-Armand is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellow. Yaël teaches middle school health and physical education at STRIVE Preparatory Schools - Sunnyside Campus in Denver, CO, where he also runs the school's anime club. He has previously taught ELA and writing at the elementary level, and has also worked as a counselor at an alternative high school. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a BA in English.

 
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Noemi Arnal Villalba
Teaching Policy Fellow
L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School

Noemi Arnal is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow who teaches 4th grade Math and Science at L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School in Dallas.  Noemi is a Distinguished Teacher and a Teacher Leader in Dallas ISD and was designated as a Master Teacher by the Texas Education Agency. She previously taught 3rd grade and 5th grade Math and Science and was a Foreign Language Teacher at several high schools in Barcelona. She graduated from Pompeu Fabra University at Barcelona with a BA in Translation and Interpreting, where she also received her MA in Translation and Interpreting, MA in Linguistics, and MA in Teaching of Compulsory Secondary Education and Baccalaureate, Professional Training, and the Teaching of Languages.

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Jamie Avalos
Teaching Policy Fellow
O.D. Wyatt High School

Jamie Avalos is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow who teaches physics at O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth, where she promotes high-quality science instruction through continuing education and leadership. Jamie has been a classroom teacher in Texas and in Japan for more than 10 years. She leads workshops in science instructional practices and has been a prolific grant-writer, with over $55,000 in awards for classroom technology from organizations including the Toshiba America Foundation, American Electric Power, and the Texas Education Agency. Jamie holds a BS in Microbiology from Texas A&M University and an MS in Physics with Teaching Emphasis from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

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Bobby Bailey
Teaching Policy Fellow
Billy Earl Dade Middle School

Bobby Bailey is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow who teaches 6th grade Math and Pre-AP at Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas, Texas. Bobby serves as the Instructional Lead Teacher (ILT), team lead for his grade level, and a mentor to new educators. He has taught 4th and 5th grade math, social studies, and science. Bobby is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and has been recognized as a distinguished teacher (DTR) in Dallas ISD, exemplary teacher by TEA, and was awarded teacher of the year in 2016-2017 and 2019-2020. Bobby received his BA in Business Management & Administration from Huston-Tillotson University.

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Abigail Baiza
Senior Fellow
IDEA Monterrey Park Academy

Abigail Baiza is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Senior Policy Fellow who teaches 2nd and 3rd grade social studies at IDEA Monterrey Park Academy on the west side of San Antonio, Texas. Abigail proudly teaches in the community she grew up in and has attained Master Teacher recognition for her expertise in kindergarten literacy at IDEA Monterrey Park Academy. As an IDEA Teacher Policy and Leadership Program member, Abigail led a push to increase certification for charter school teachers. She is a first-generation graduate with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University. She also completed her M. Ed in Education Policies and Leadership Studies with the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Gabrielle Begay
Teaching Policy Fellow
Hurley Elementary School

Gabrielle Begay is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus New Mexico Policy Fellow. Gabrielle is a 2nd grade teacher, and an alumna of Leading Educators through Alternative Pathways (LEAP) at Hurley Elementary in Hurley, New Mexico. She focuses on teaching children about cultural diversity, civic and political roles, and the importance of literacy. She previously taught kindergarten at Central Elementary School. Gabrielle was appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women and is a member of the local Little League board in the community that she teaches. She earned her BAS in Criminal Justice in the area of corrections from Western New Mexico University, Silver City and an M.S. Ed in Teaching and learning from University of the Southwest, Hobbs.

 
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Veronica Bell
Teaching Policy Fellow
KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary

Veronica Bell is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellow. Veronica is the founding 3rd grade teacher at KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary in the southwest of Denver. Her focus is English language development and Social-Emotional Learning. She is the grade-level chair for 2nd and 3rd grade as well as the social justice, equity, and liberation coordinator for her school. Previously, she helped found 1st and 2nd grade and served as the culture chair at her current school. Veronica is passionate about teaching the whole child and creating equitable outcomes for all students. She has a BA in Spanish Language, Literature, and Composition from the University of South Carolina Upstate.

 
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