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Jennine Blocker-Lamb
Teaching Policy Fellow
Infant Toddler Specialist
Eyes on the Future

Jennine Blocker-Lamb is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Illinois Early Childhood Educator Policy Fellow and is the Assistant Director for the infant and toddler program at the Eyes on the Future, Inc. program in Chicago, Illinois. She holds an Infant Toddler Certificate from the Erikson Institute. She graduated from Kendall College with a BA in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Infant Toddler studies.

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Debi Bober
Teaching Policy Fellow
5th grade teacher
Cubberley Elementary School
Long Beach Unified School District

Debi Bober is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow and a 5th grade multi-subject teacher at Cubberley. She has taught in Long Beach for 26 years and is an educational consultant, training administrators in constructive coaching. Debi chairs her site’s Student Achievement committee and the Instructional Leadership Team. She worked on the Common Core Design and Development team for her district, designed online lessons for LearnZillion.com, and is a Schoolhouse.World teacher leader. Debi is National Board Certified and a Google Certified Educator. In 2019, she won LBUSD and Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year, and was a California Teacher of the Year finalist. She received her BA in Liberal Studies from Chapman University, her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from CSULB, and her EdD in Educational Leadership from UCLA, winning the Education Dissertation Award.

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Teaching Policy Fellow
Director of Cinematic Arts, Media & Design
Navarro Early College High School
Austin ISD

Tara Bordeaux is a 2020-21 Texas Policy Fellow. She leads the Viking Visual - Cinematic Arts, Media & Design Program at Navarro Early College High School, where she also serves as the P-TECH Workplace Learning Curriculum Coordinator. Tara is a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab Instructor, a Global Ambassador for Rock Your World, and a lead mentor for the Freedom Writers Institute. She was named the 2018 Texas Teacher of the Year. Tara has received numerous awards in education, including the 2018 Erma Lee Boice Instructional Advocacy Award and 2019 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Film and Photography and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently pursuing an EdD from Lamar University in Educational Leadership and Digital Innovation.

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Jody Bosomworth headshot
TLPL Teacher Leader
Kindergarten teacher
Lovejoy Elementary School
Alton Community Unit School District #8

Jody Bosomworth is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Rural Teacher Leader. Jody is a two-time National Board Certified Early Childhood kindergarten teacher at Lovejoy Elementary. She serves on the school’s leadership team and is a National Board Facilitator for the Triad district. She is active in the Illinois Education Association and serves as the region vice-chair. Jody holds an EdS in Curriculum Design for Minority Populations and is pursuing her doctorate at McKendree University.

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Melody M. Bradley
Senior Fellow
Self-contained special education teacher
Grand Prairie High School
Grand Prairie ISD

Melody Bradley is a 2020-21 Texas DFW Senior Policy Fellow and is a self-contained special education teacher at Grand Prairie High School. She serves on the campus Special Education Department Chair, and a Flippen Group Process Champion Capturing Kids Heart Campus Ambassador. Melody served as special education department chair and created a speaker’s bureau for students in grades 6-12 at YWLA. She was previously named the campus Teacher of the Year (first special education teacher to receive this honor on the campus). Melody has also served on several district and campus level committees, staff development presenter, as a mentor teacher, a peer tutor for professional examinations, and more. She received a BSE in Special Education from the University of Central Arkansas, a MA in Education, Supervision and Administration from the University of Phoenix, and completed post graduate work in Educational Leadership and Educational Technology.

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Helen Brandon headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
6th grade math and science teacher
Bloomington School District 87 Schools

Helen Brandon is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois ILSTOY Policy Fellow and a 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist. Helen teaches 6th grade math and science, and provides ESL services at Bloomington Junior High School, where she is also a team leader and science department chair.  She has been involved in multiple grants focusing on writing NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)-aligned units for the region and state, leads professional development experiences with STEM and NGSS, and she has been a curriculum writer and director for STEM camps and other STEM experiences. She nominated for the “Women Who Excel in STEM Teaching” award and studied education in Mexico as part of a Fulbright scholarship. She has worked to create equitable experiences for all students by writing curriculum for bilingual learners, working to pass a welcoming school resolution in her district, and establishing a welcome closet to provide supplies for recent immigrants. She graduated from Bethel College (Kansas) with a BA in education and received her MS in Teaching and Learning from Illinois State University.  She is currently working toward her EdD in Teaching and Learning from Illinois State University with a focus on STEM education and culturally and linguistically diverse students.

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Syreata Brassell
Teaching Policy Fellow
5th grade teacher
Quitman County Middle School
Quitman County School District

Syreata Brassell is a 2020-21 Teach Plus Mississippi Policy Fellow. She is a 5th grade teacher and grade level chair at Quitman County Middle School in Marks, Mississippi. Her focus is for her students to use real-life situations and apply it to the things that are taught in her science class. Syreata earned her BA and MEd in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University.

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TLPL Teacher Leader
Kindergarten Teacher/Multi-Classroom Leader
Chicago Public Schools

Sharonne Brown is a 2020-21 Kindergarten Readiness Innovator Teacher Leader who teaches kindergarten at Anna R. Langford Academy, where she is also the Multi-Classroom Leader. Sharonne has been teaching for 15 years. Sharonne graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Early Childhood Education and will soon
receive her MEd in Elementary Education and Special Education from DePaul University.

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Creacy Brown
Teaching Policy Fellow
5th Grade Math Teacher
Central Middle School
Galveston ISD

Creacy Brown is a 2020-21 Texas Policy Fellow. She teaches 5th grade math at Central Middle School in Galveston, Texas. Creacy serves as a mentor teacher to new teachers at her campus and she was selected as a campus teacher of the year in her district. She’s previously taught Social Studies and English and has been a campus Response to Intervention Facilitator. Creacy was a lead presenter of a presentation called “Motivating Unmotivated Students; Achieving Academic Success” at the annual ACT Summit at Baylor University in January 2020. She consistently implements strategic interventions that result in her students demonstrating several years of growth in one academic year. She graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Biology.

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April Brunelle
Senior Fellow
MIddle school counselor
TechBoston Academy
Boston Public Schools

April Brunelle is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Commonwealth Senior Policy Fellow. April is a middle school school counselor at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Previously, April was a school counselor for grades 6-8 at Morton Middle School in Fall River, Massachusetts. April has coached field hockey at various districts and is currently the varsity field hockey coach at Ursuline Academy. She is an Emerging Leader in the MA School Counselor Association for the 2020-2021 cohort this year. She is passionate about working in urban education, with students with disabilities, and developing college & career readiness curriculum at the middle school level. April graduated from Assumption College with a BA in Psychology and received an MEd in School Counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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