Adeola Adegabi
Teaching Policy Fellow
4th grade ELAR teacher
Wainwright Elementary School
Houston ISD

Adeola Adegabi is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Adeola teaches 4th grade ELAR at Wainwright Elementary School where she is serving as interim 4th grade level chair. Adeola served as 4th co-grade level chair in 2017 and was the 2016 New Teacher of the Year. In 2015, she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Azerbaijan. She graduated from Rice University with a BA in Sociology and Policy Studies, with a concentration in Education Policy.

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Derrick Adkins headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
Project teacher/advisor
Siembra Leadership High School
Albuquerque Public Schools

Derrick Adkins is a Teacher/Advisor at Siembra Siembra Leadership High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he serves as project teacher/advisor. Derrick is an accomplished level 3 teacher who supports new teachers as the On-Site Teacher Mentor. He created and coordinates an evening school program for students in need of additional support to graduate. Derrick currently holds a license in School Administration and serves as Administration Support Specialist at his school site. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in History and MA in Secondary Education and is currently completing his master’s program in Education Administration at Eastern New Mexico University.

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Jeremy Akiyama headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
5th grade teacher
East Palo Alto Charter School
Aspire Public Schools

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.

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Bethany Alberts
TLPL Teacher Leader
Middle school math teacher
Herzl School of Excellence
Chicago Public Schools

Bethany Alberts is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Change Agent Teacher Leader. Bethany teaches middle school math at the Herzl School of Excellence.  She is a member of the school’s instructional leadership team and the 3rd-8th grade math lead. She formerly taught at Amandla Charter School where she was the science department head and a member of the Foundations team. She is a Teach For America alum and worked as an instructional coach for corps members at Teach for America. She previously taught at Zavala Elementary School in Harlingen, Texas.  She has been awarded four Chicago Fund for Education study group grants in her pursuit for professional growth.  Bethany earned a BA in Criminal Justice and International Affairs from The George Washington University and an MEd in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois Chicago.

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Sarah Alecozay
Teaching Policy Fellow
9th grade AP Human Geography teacher
CAST Medical High School
San Antonio ISD

Sarah Alecozay is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Sarah teaches AP Human and World Geography as a master teacher at CAST Medical High School.  She has implemented professional development, developed AP course curriculum for the district, and has served as department chair at previous campuses. Sarah has led students in service learning projects, volunteer clubs,  and project-based learning application of course work. She has also taught in Somerset and South San ISD and internationally in West Africa at The American International School of Niger in Niamey, Niger and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone. Sarah holds a BA in International Relations, a Masters in International Development, and a Principal Certification from Lamar University. 

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Sabrina Alexander headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
Diverse learner teacher and SEL educator
Thomas Hoyne Fine Arts Elementary School
Chicago Public Schools

Sabrina Alexander is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellow. Sabrina is a diverse learner teacher at Hoyne Fine Arts Academy.  At Hoyne, she has served 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 Foundation For Education Action Research Leadership Institute Fellow. She was a 2018-19 Teach Plus Illinois Change Agent Teacher Leader. Sabrina holds an MA in Reading and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Chicago State University, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University, a Masters in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management, and a Bachelors in Film Production from Columbia College and is ABD in Trauma-Informed and Social-Emotional Pedagogy studies.

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Arturo Alvarado
Teaching Policy Fellow
5th grade bilingual teacher
Dan D Rogers Elementary
Dallas ISD

Arturo Alvarado is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Policy Fellow. Arturo is a 5th grade bilingual teacher and member of CILT leadership in the personalized learning institution of Dan D Rogers Elementary. After running a small start up, Arturo discovered his passion for education volunteering in rural schools in East Texas and was named Teacher Rookie of the Year and runner up of Teacher of the Year. Arturo earned a BA in Business Administration and Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Tyler and received an Alternative Teaching Certification and is pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership from Instituto de Estudios Universitarios in Puebla, Mexico.

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Chantei Alves
Teaching Policy Fellow
K1 inclusion teacher
Young Achievers K-8 Science and Math Pilot School
Boston Public Schools

Chantei Alves is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Fellow. Chantei teaches K1 inclusion at Young Achievers K-8 Science and Math Pilot School in Mattapan, MA, where she is also the K0-K1 team leader, K0-K1 instructional leadership team representative, and Lighthouse (social emotional and school culture) team member.  Chantei is a member of the Boston Network of Black Student Achievement (BNBSA), a BNBSA SpEd Committee member, and an educator on The Teacher Collaborative Educator Council. Chantei graduated from Atlantic Union College with a BA in Pre-Med Biology and Chemistry minor and received her MEd in Education from Northeastern University.

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Karen Amidon headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school English and social studies teacher
Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School
Boulder Valley Public Schools

Karen Amidon is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellow. Karen teaches high school English, global issues, and philosophy at Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School, where she also coaches the ethics bowl team. Karen has served as English department chair and grade level leader and is a certified educational leadership coach who regularly mentors pre-service teachers. She has been awarded several classroom innovation grants and received teaching fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Hemera Foundation. Before teaching, she led a nonprofit advocacy organization championing girls’ and women’s education, economic security, and civil rights. Karen graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in English and received her MA in English and secondary education licensure from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Victoria Apodaca-Fisk headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
Social studies teacher
New America School
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Victoria Fisk is a 2019 Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Victoria is a social studies teacher at the New America School in Las Cruces, where she is the faculty advisor to student council and founder of the group’s hygiene drive benefiting Camp Hope residents.  Victoria is active in the Military Spouse Caregiver Support Program, has participated in the 2016 Las Cruces Downtown Plaza Opening, and is a member of the anti-bullying coalition. She has been recognized as a Life Changer of the Year Finalist (2017), Charter School Teacher of the Year (2015), Engage New Mexico Educational Champion Award (2015), and Golden Apple Finalist (2014). Victoria holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies with an emphasis on Latin American Studies and received her Masters in Curriculum and Education from New Mexico State University.

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