Adam Bogs is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Adam teaches chemistry and math 10 at Victory College Prep in Indianapolis, IN, where he also serves as the lead data coordinator, head wrestling coach, and a 9th grade advisor. Adam is a 2017 Teach for America Alum of the Indianapolis Corps. He has previously taught chemistry, physics, and pre-calculus at Indianapolis Lighthouse College Prep Academy–South. Adam earned a BA in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis an MA in Teaching from Marian University.
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.
Kelvin Bradford is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Policy Fellow. Kelvin teaches 6th grade science and social studies at Skyview Elementary, where he serves on the positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) team and the technology team. Kelvin helps facilitate two afterschool programs; a tech club for 3rd-6th grades and a mentoring program for male students in 4th-6th grades. Kelvin has previously taught in the resource classroom for grades kindergarten through 5th, served as the ESL lead teacher for his campus, and served as the district Section 504 facilitator. Kelvin received a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Phoenix, Dallas Campus, an MS in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, and an MS in Special Education from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN.
Melody Bradley is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Policy Fellow. Melody is a self-contained special education teacher, serving students with behavioral and emotional needs at Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, TX. She serves on the campus AVID committee and as a Flippen Group Process Champion Capturing Kids Heart Campus Ambassador. Melody has served as special education department chair and created a speaker’s bureau for students in grades 6-12 at YWLA, Grand Prairie’s single gender female leadership academy. In 2008, her colleagues at Sallye Moore Elementary voted her the campus Teacher of the Year. She received a BSE in Special Education from the University of Central Arkansas, an MA in Education, Supervision and Administration from the University of Phoenix, and completed post graduate work in Educational Leadership and Educational Technology (ABD).
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.
Syreata Brassell 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.
Rachel Brick is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellow. Rachel is a 9th grade English and ESL teacher at Pritzker College Prep, where she serves as the English department chair and the English learners coordinator. Before teaching in Chicago, Rachel taught 1st grade in New York City at P.S. 46 and 180. In New York, she was a founding Common Core Fellow and worked with teachers to develop and implement CCSS curriculum. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in English and received her MS in Dual Language/Bilingual Childhood Education from the Bank Street College of Education.
Natalie Brown is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Senior Policy Fellow. Natalie teachers 2nd grade mathematics and science at Frank Guzick Elementary and has held a distinguished teacher rating since the Teacher Excellence Initiative began in Dallas ISD in 2015. As a Distinguished Teacher Ambassador for the Skyline Feeder Pattern, she helps mentor fellow teachers in reaching distinguished teacher status within the district’s teacher evaluation model and provides professional development on the teaching rubric and application process. Natalie has advocated for public education, teacher compensation, and educational equity. She holds a BS in Fashion Merchandising from the University of North Texas and her Alternative Certification certificate from Texas A&M Commerce.
Archer Bunner teaches Mathematics in the Special Education Department and facilitates a Conflict Resolution and Leadership course at Richmond High School in Richmond, IN. Archer also teaches in the Alternative Education Program and the Richmond Graduation Academy which includes online learning in all subject areas. Archer is the Special Education Department Chair at RHS and serves as a building representative in the local union. Archer was named the Secondary Teacher of the Year in the 2018-2019 school year for Richmond Community Schools and was honored with the Professional Character Award for Wayne County in 2019. Archer is currently the President of the local chapter of DKG, a professional organization for women teachers, and is President of a volunteer-run non-profit called the Alternatives to Violence Project - USA. Archer received a BA (2011) and MAT (2014) from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. Archer has teaching licenses in Secondary Social Studies and Mathematics along with K-12 Special Education, Mild Intervention.
Ryan Burns is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Rhode Island Policy Fellow. Ryan teaches English at Smithfield High School in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and in the English and Educational Studies Departments at Rhode Island College. He and his students in the Gender/Sexuality Alliance are committed to combating homophobia and transphobia in school and were recently awarded funding for LGBTQ+ inclusive programming. Ryan is also a Rhode Island Writing Project Teacher Consultant and mentors preservice and beginning teachers. His co-authored work has appeared in Educators Queering Academia: Critical Memoirs (2016) and Acts of Resistance: Subversive Teaching in the English Language Arts Classroom (2020). Ryan graduated from Rhode Island College with his BA in Secondary English Education and MA in English, earned his MEd and certification in Educational Leadership from American College of Education, and is completing his EdD in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University.