Sabrina Alexander is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Change Agent Teacher Leader. Sabrina is a diverse learner teacher at Thomas Honye Fine Arts Elementary School where she also serves as the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) lead. She is a second-time National Board Certified educator and has participated as a Rochelle Lee Study Group leader, a Chicago Area Writing Project consultant, a Chicago Public Schools framework partner, a REACH performance task writer, a Chicago Public Education Fund Summer Design program leader, and a Chicago Education For Education Action Research Leadership Institute Fellow. She holds an MA in Reading and Educational Leadership from Chicago State University, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University, and is ABD in Trauma-Informed Pedagogy.
Andrea De Armas is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Andrea is the English Language (EL) Specialist for Berwyn North District 98, working with EL, bilingual, and dual language classrooms in grades PreK-8. Andrea leads the dual language teachers in professional development to create the district-wide thematic biliteracy unit, and is also a representative on the 1st grade ELA subject area committee. Andrea has started a running club and a community event at Jefferson Elementary honoring parents and students during Hispanic Heritage Month. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from DePaul University, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, and an MA in Illinois Principal Preparation from Concordia University.
Kimberly Baren is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Berkeley Teacher Leader. Kimberly is a 7th grade math teacher at MacArthur Middle School. Previously, she led an intervention at a private school and collaborated with colleagues in Dekalb to write the mathematics curriculum, aligning the standards to the teaching resources. At her previous schools, Kimberly facilitated meetings to look at data to inform grade-level interventions and has coached several athletic teams. Kimberly earned a BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics and her Middle School endorsement from Eastern Illinois University.
Jonathan Baymon is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Jonathan is a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher at Hillside School in Hillside, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. Jonathan is the facilitator of Hillside's PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Tier I team and a member of the school's PERA (Performance Evaluation Reform Act) Joint committee. He is the advisor to student council, the multicultural club, and National Geographic Bee. Jonathan holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, an MA in Secondary Education from Depaul University, and an MA in School Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago.
Kristin Beers teaches 2nd grade at Whittier Primary School in the Berkeley 87 School District, where she also participates in the school improvement planning, positive behavior and supports, and math committees. She co-wrote the district’s ELA second grade curriculum map, as well as developed and implemented school-wide initiatives to boost student achievement. Kristin previously taught in Chicago Public Schools. She graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University, and received an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in English as a Second Language from National Louis University.
Corinne Biswell is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Corinne is an agricultural science educator for West Prairie CUSD #103 in the rural community of Sciota, Illinois, where she teaches veterinary science, agricultural business, agricultural communications, and introductory agricultural courses for grades 8-12th. Corinne is the co-advisor for the West Prairie Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter and is the data administrator for her middle school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program. She served as president of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers and worked with the Rural School and Community Trust and the USDA to engage in international agricultural education experiences. Her agriculture program was selected as the Illinois Outstanding Middle/Secondary program in 2018. Corinne earned a BS in Agriculture Education from the University of Illinois, an MS in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies, and an MS in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University.
Maggie Bodanyi is building a mentoring system for new teachers. Maggie teaches 7th and 8th grade language arts at Alexander Graham Elementary School where she also coaches girls basketball, cross country, and track and field. Maggie sponsors the mural club in the after-school all-stars program and serves on the instructional leadership team. Maggie received the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award in 2016. She graduated from Illinois State University with a BA in Elementary Education.
Maddi Bodine is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Fellow. Maddi teaches early childhood special education at Kingston Elementary School in Kingston, Illinois, where she also serves as an area representative for her district’s union and is a member of the DeKalb Basics team through DeKalb County’s Regional Office of Education. Maddi previously taught in a self-contained autism program at Southbury Elementary School in Oswego, Illinois. She graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in special education and received her MEd in Literacy Education with a focus on bilingual/ESL from Northern Illinois University.
Annie Boyer is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Berkeley Teacher Leader. Annie is a 7th grade ELA/ESL teacher at Northlake Middle School, where she has sponsored many after school clubs to enrich students' lives, including a book club and a game club. Annie graduated from Western Illinois University with a BA in Secondary English Education and earned an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction from National Louis University.
Domonique Briggs is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Change Agent Teacher Leader. Domonique is a 10th grade music teacher and choir instructor at Epic Academy, located in Chicago's South Shore Community. She is the co-founder of SHE Chicago, a character education-based after school program designed to empower high school-aged young women, and launched SHE's pilot cohort in 2017 at Epic. Prior to transitioning into education, Domonique was a team leader for the Wellness Platform team of Humana Vitality (2014), a Diamond Star Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics (2013) and named an Emerging Leader of PNC's Retail Leadership Development Program: ACCEL (2012). She earned a BS in Music Engineering Technology from Hampton University.