Idalmi Acosta is a Teach Plus Indianapolis Teaching Policy Fellow. Idalmi teaches 8th grade ELA at Harshman Magnet Middle School in Indianapolis. As a youth organizer in New York City for five years, she recruited and trained students in the northwest Bronx to fight for changes to the education system at low-performing schools in the Bronx. She ran local, citywide, and national campaigns to promote the use of restorative justice to deal with discipline, reduce the role of police in schools, and provide more college readiness supports for students. Idalmi is a Teach For America alumna. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Political Science and a BA in English and earned a Masters in Teaching from Marian University.
Tim Adams teaches 11th grade US history and AP US history at DRW College Prep in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. Tim is also the 11th grade team lead and co-sponsors the National Honor Society chapter at the school. Currently, Tim is pursuing an M.Ed. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Educational Policy and Leadership. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in History and earned his MAT in Secondary Education from Marian University.
Sophia Adem is a special education teacher at Sherwood Elementary, where she serves highly motivated 4th and 5th grade resource students in both inclusionary and pull-out settings. She currently serves as special education chairperson at the school. Sophia is proud of having been awarded several grants that have allowed her students to go on field trips and receive supplies. She graduated from Howard University with a BA in Journalism and is currently pursuing an MS in Educational Leadership from Christian Brothers University
Derrick Adkins is a 2019 Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellow. Derrick teaches 11th and 12th grade social studies at Mark Armijo Academy in Albuquerque, where he serves as head of the social studies department and liaison to school administration. Derrick supports new teachers as the on-site teacher mentor, and has created and coordinates an evening school program for students in need of additional support to graduate. Derrick 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 an MA in Secondary Education and is completing his master’s in Education Administration at Eastern New Mexico University.
Dan is a 6th grade science teacher at UP Academy Leonard in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He serves as one of the school's cohort leaders, leading a team of six teachers who work with the same group of 60 students. Prior to working at UP Academy Leonard, Dan taught 6th grade science for two years at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he served as a Teach For America corps member. While at Prospect Hill Academy, Dan was named a regional finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award, an annual teaching award for second-year TFA corps members. As he tells his students frequently, Dan's ambition is to be the next Bill Nye - a science teacher so dynamic that students and teachers alike can use his instruction as an example of how exciting and crucial learning science can be. Dan earned a BA in History and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, and an MEd in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University
Ulana Ainsworth is a Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a third year K0/K1 inclusion/English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at the Lee Academy Pilot School in Dorchester, where she is the before school director and Build Our Kids Success lead trainer, and serves on the personnel subcommittee and the Sunshine committee. Ulana is triple licensed in Mild and Moderate Disabilities Pre-K-8, Elementary Education, and English as a Second Language (ESL). As an early childhood teacher, her goal has always been to teach children to have a growth mindset so they can build a strong sense of self. Ulana holds a BA in Education, with a Special Education minor, from Westminster College, in Pennsylvania. She was a 2012 Boston Teacher Resident in 2012 and earned her MEd from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Patrick Albano teaches 8th grade writing at the Soulsville Charter School, a 6-12 school in Memphis, where he also coaches high school rugby. Previously, Patrick taught 6th-8th grade English Language Arts at Sherwood Middle School, where he coached baseball and football and helped to build a sustainable school garden. While at the school, Patrick collaborated on writing a school improvement grant for Sherwood Middle to become part of the Innovation Zone, an initiative to bring schools at the bottom 5% to the top 25% within five years. Patrick graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Anthropology and Political Science and earned an MEd from the the University of Southern California.
Ashley T. Alexander Schauer is a 2018-19 Teach Plus California Policy Fellow. Ashley is a K-6th grade resource and Response to Intervention (RTI) teacher at Murphy Elementary School in El Sobrante, California. She is a member of the school site council, the student support team, and a Rising Leaders Fellow. Ashley previously served as the 504 coordinator and as a member of the instructional leadership team. She was a VISTA Corps member through AmeriCorps, supporting students and teachers in reading. She received her undergraduate degree from Humboldt State University and her credential and MEd in special education from Loyola Marymount University.
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.
Jon Alfuth is a high school geometry teacher at The Soulsville Charter School, where he began teaching in 2013. Jon also co-coaches the school's debate team, which was the city runner-up in 2013-14. Prior to joining Soulsville, Jon taught algebra at the legacy-Memphis City Schools for two years. He became a teacher because he believes that education is the fundamental solution to many of our nation's problems. Jon writes frequently about education for his blog, Bluff City Education. His work has been featured in Memphis' Commercial Appeal, on the blog Eduwonk, and on Huffington Post, where one of his stories was named one of the ten education must-reads for 2013. Jon holds a BS in Political Science and an MA in Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.