Jeremy Akiyama is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Jeremy is a 5th grade teacher at Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School. He previously taught general education and special education inclusion in Prince George, Maryland’s County Public Schools and served as a professional development lead teacher before moving back to his home state of California. Jeremy has served as a mentor teacher for Stanford’s Teacher Education Program and Aspire’s Teacher Residency Program and worked as a graduate research assistant at the DC Office of the State Superintendent and Education Counsel in Washington, D.C. He received his BA from the University of California, San Diego and an MEd in Education Policy and Leadership from American University.
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.
Kaki Blackburn is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Senior Policy Fellow. Kaki teaches kindergarten at Manzanita Community School in Oakland, California, where she serves on the school’s positive behavior intervention supports team and the school site council. Kaki created and oversees a partnership with Saint Mary’s College to provide classroom supports for at-risk students during the school day. She was also part of the 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellowship, in which she worked to improve supports for Emergent Bilingual students. She previously taught 4th grade at Little Rock Preparatory Academy where she was awarded the The Fred and June Hemphill Teaching Fellowship for exemplary achievement as a first-year teacher. Prior to teaching, Kaki served as an AmeriCorps members with City Year in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from from George Mason University with a BA in Government & International politics and earned her MAT in elementary education from Brown University.
Jennifer Click is a 2019-2020 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Jennifer teaches 10th and 11th grade chemistry and AP chemistry at Edison High School in Fresno, California, where she has also previously taught physics. She has held several leadership positions in the district, including on the science advisory team, curriculum adoption team, and instructional leadership team. Jennifer was one of the 2018 NBC Sports All-Star Teacher Finalists, 2019 Ambassador for Curriculum and Instruction, and received the 2019 Exemplary Project Award from California State University, Fresno. She is the founder and advisor of E-City Services, which focuses on community service. Jennifer received her BA and MA from California State University, Fresno.
Thomas Courtney is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Thomas is a 5th grade teacher at Chollas Mead Elementary School in San Diego, California, where he also runs runs a newspaper club and a karate program. He coaches student teachers with San Diego State University and is a lead literacy instructor for Early Readers Future Leaders. He volunteers with Earthlab, a non-profit that brings conservation science to inner-city youth. Thomas has presented and lectured at the University of California, San Diego’s Create and and for the California Science Teachers’ Association. He has taught in South Korea and China and was a Rotary Educational Cultural Exchange Ambassador to East Africa in 2006. Thomas is a Fulbright Hays Teacher Fellow for Global Classrooms. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, an MEd with an emphasis on literacy from National University, and a Teaching Credential from the University of San Diego.
Dominique Creer is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Dominique is an education specialist, supporting students from across grade levels at LPS Oakland R&D. In collaboration with different organizations, she created the Ethnic Studies curriculum for all freshmen at LPS Oakland R&D. She has partnered with UC Berkeley’s Peer Health Exchange to provide freshmen students with an opportunity to learn about mental health and sexual health. Dominique earned her BS in Elementary and Special Education from Northern Arizona University.
Nicholas Dewald is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Nicholas is a world history and Spanish teacher at San Clemente High School in San Clemente, California. He is a union site representative, Two Way Immersion coordinator, and advocate for the LGBTQIA community. Nicholas works with stakeholders, fellow teachers, and district officials to align and improve curriculum and Spanish instruction allowing for fair representation. He has helped facilitate LGBTQIA professional development through the district, improving access to information and understanding. Nicholas received BAs in Political Science and Spanish and his MFA in Teaching in conjunction with the teaching credential program from University of California, Irvine. He is pursuing his MS in Instructional Design and Technology at California State University, Fullerton.
Erin Fitzgerald-Haddad is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Erin teaches 7th grade math at San Fernando Institute for Applied Media (SFIAM) Pilot Middle School, a school she co-founded. Erin serves on the school’s governing council, instructional leadership committee, and is the mathematics department chair. She represents her teachers as UTLA Chapter Chair and was elected to the UTLA House of Representatives. She co-chairs the UTLA autonomous schools committee. Erin was recognized by her union with the UTLA Platinum Apple award in 2017 and as Educator of the Year by Educators for Excellence with the Rebel Award. Erin earned her BA and her MEd from California State University, Northridge.
Marquisha Flowers is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Change Agent Teacher Leader. Marquisha teaches college preparatory, honors, and AP English courses at Mervyn M. Dymally Biomedical Sciences and Research Magnet High School. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts, a UCLA Writing Project Fellow, and mentor teacher. She earned her BA from UC Berkeley, her MA from Pepperdine University, her and EdD from the University of Southern California.
Tamara Frazier is a 2019-20 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Tamara is the director of music at Castle Park Middle School in Chula Vista, California. She is a member of the faculty advisory committee and site leadership team and chairs committees for the district band directors and SUHSD Stringfest Clinic. Tamara serves as a San Diego State University credential program master teacher and as a SUHSD induction guide teacher. Tamara was awarded the California Music Educators Association Southern Border Section Middle School Music Specialist Award in 2017. She became a Teacher Leader with The California Arts Project in 2018, participating in the California Arts Framework Committee. She serves as the executive director of the Da Capo Educator Ensembles, a non-profit organization in San Diego that provides professional development opportunities for local band directors and music education students at local colleges and universities. Tamara earned her BM in Music Education from San Diego State University, and her MMEd from Boston University.