Megan Hanafin is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. Megan is a 4th grade teacher in Bedford, MA, where she is her grade level team leader and a mentor for new teachers in the district. She received training at Columbia University's Teacher College to co-lead in the implementation of the reading and writing workshop model at her school. Prior to her time in Bedford, Megan taught 4th and 5th grade at Harlem Children's Zone, Promise Academy, where she helped to develop the math and science curriculum to best meet her students' needs. Megan earned her BA in Elementary Education from Roger Williams University and received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Lisa Hanifan is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. A returning Fellow, Lisa teaches 1st grade at Linden STEAM Academy in Malden, MA, where she is a member of the school site council. She mentors newly-hired teachers and supervises undergraduate education students from Lesley University. Previously, Lisa taught integrated kindergarten and preschool at the Early Learning Center in Malden, where she served on the early childhood task force. Lisa has been awarded grants to implement flexible seating in her classroom and funds to support cultivating a culturally informed classroom. Lisa participates in the RIDES Program at Harvard University and is a former panelist for the ELA K-2 Massachusetts CURATE Curriculum Fellowship. She earned a BA and MS in Health and Human Services and Criminal Justice from Suffolk University and an MEd in Elementary Education from Cambridge College.
Abbagail Herwing is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. Abbagail is a kindergarten teacher at Thorpe Elementary in Danvers, MA. She has taught in Chicago, Illinois, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Dorchester, MA. Abbagail earned a BA in Special Education with minors in Mathematics, English, and Spanish from Michigan State University and an MA in Teaching and Learning from Johns Hopkins University.
Michael Houle is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. Michael is a 10th grade humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, MA, where he serves as the grade 10 team leader and a member of the school's culture team, which designs and implements Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) interventions and practices. Previous to his work in Boston, Michael was a high school English and art teacher in Chicago, IL and an English teacher in Exeter, NH. Michael graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in English Teaching and a MAT in Secondary Education.
Pierre Jean is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. Pierre teaches 10th grade mathematics at Boston International and Newcomers Academy in Dorchester, MA, where he also serves as the chair of the mathematics department and a member of the instructional leadership team. Pierre is a fellow of the Hollyhock Fellowship Program at Stanford University, focusing on deepening and developing math instructional practices to create equitable access and opportunities for all learners in the classroom. Pierre earned a BS in Mathematics from Worcester State University and a MEd in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Tasha Jones is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. A returning Fellow, Tasha writes curricula and teaches English (literature and composition) at the John J. Duggan Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, Tasha earned an MS in Community Psychology from Martin University and is currently enrolled in the Wheelock School of Education.
Caroline Jonesis a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. A returning fellow, Caroline teaches 6th grade math at UP Academy Dorchester. Her experience includes teaching in all three sectors (public district, public charter, and Catholic) over the course of her 13 year teaching career. Caroline also serves on the 2019-20 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Teacher Advisory Cabinet. Caroline takes pride in designing daily math lessons with social and emotional learning in mind. She received a BS from Framingham State University and an MS from Emerson College.
Natan Kotlyar is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. A returning Fellow, Natan is a 2nd grade teacher at Lyons Elementary in Randolph, MA. He is a member of the instructional leadership team, leading teachers on planning and implementing new PBIS (positive behavior interventions and supports) initiative at the Lyons School. He is working with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on their CURATE initiative to review curriculum for districts. Natn earned a BA in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University and an MEd in Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities K-8 from Curry College. He is pursuing a CAGS degree in Educational Leadership and certification as an Elementary Principal K-8 at Boston University.
Julia McDonald is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. Julia teaches 9th and 10th grade English language arts at Chelsea High School in Chelsea, MA, where she also serves as an advisor to book club and organizes a book club for CHS teachers. She previously worked on the individualized student support team, grade 10 leadership team, and has worked as an advisor to the Class of 2018. While at CHS, she has mentored graduate students from Harvard's Teacher Education Program and the Harvard Teacher Fellows Program. Julia was awarded the Sontag Prize in Urban Education in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Before teaching in Massachusetts, she taught ESL in Spain for three years. Julia graduated from New York University with a BA in English and Sociology and received her MEd in secondary education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Vanessa Medor is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Commonwealth Policy Fellow. Vanessa teaches 6th grade math at Match Middle School in Jamaica Plain, MA. She began her service there as a member of the homegrown program at Teach for America Massachusetts. Vanessa supports Match Corp members in daily curriculum development and instruction and co-leads the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee at her middle school campus. She earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Boston College and her MEd from Boston University in curriculum and teaching.