Kathleen Anderson
Teaching Policy Fellow
Middle school English language arts teacher
STRIVE - Prep Kepner
Denver Public Schools

Kathleen Anderson is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow. Kathleen teaches at STRIVE Prep - Kepner, a turnaround school in Southwest Denver. She was a Colorado Educator Voice Fellow with America Achieves during the 2016-2017 school year and is a finalist for the 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Kathleen graduated with a BA in creative writing from Colorado College and earned an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. 

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Jennifer Armstrong 4th grade teacher
Teaching Policy Fellow
4th grade teacher
Hillcrest Elementary School
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Jennifer Armstrong is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow. An educator since 2009, Jennifer teaches 4th grade at Hillcrest Elementary School in Northglenn, Colorado. She is the facilitator of the school-wide Response to Intervention team and serves as grade level chair. Prior to teaching at Hillcrest, Jennifer taught 3rd grade at Mission Manor Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading from Grand Canyon University. 

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Sara Jean Banks
Teaching Policy Fellow
High School science teacher
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College
Charter School

Sara Jean Banks is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow. She is a high school science teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College in Denver, where she serves as a senior team lead coaching, collaborating and evaluating her team of teachers and sits on her school's instructional leadership team. Sara Jean has been awarded Teacher of the Year in her district and has been nominated for Teacher Leader of the Year. She serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, teaching an environmental science course. She came to teaching through the Denver Teacher Residency after earning a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado.

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Derrick Belanger
Teaching Policy Fellow
7th grade special education
Century Middle School
Adams 12 Five Star School District

Derrick Belanger is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow. He teaches 7th grade special education at Century Middle School in Thornton, Colorado. Derrick is a member of the district's Middle School English Language Arts Curriculum Advisory Committee and the 2e Project Cohort Group, which advocates on behalf of the district's twice-exceptional students. Derrick has previously taught language arts at the middle school, high school, and university level and has been published in Gifted Child Today and The Colorado Reading Journal. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in English Teaching and an MAT in Secondary Education.

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Brandy Bixler
Teaching Policy Fellow
K-8th Grade Technology Teacher
Aurora Public Schools

Brandy Bixler is a K-8th grade technology teacher at Aurora Quest K-8. Previously, she taught grades pre-k - 8 and worked as an instructional coach in both math and technology. A teachers with 25 years of experience, Brandy is also an online facilitator for the National Education Association’s online professional learning platform, NEA Edcommunities. She graduated with a BA in History from California State San Bernardino University and completed her Elementary Education program at University California Riverside.  She received her MEd in Educational Technology from Grand Canyon University and completed her Principal Licensure Program through the University of Denver.

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Teaching Policy Fellow
8th Grade Science Teacher
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Dillon Bohlender teaches 8th grade science at Northglenn Middle School in Thornton, Colorado.  Dillon currently serves as a Release Time Coordinator for the District Twelve Educators’ Association.  He previously served as Association Representative and a Colorado Education Association (CEA) State Delegate at both CEA Delegate Assembly and the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly. He is an alum of the Teach Plus/NEA Future of the Profession Fellowship. Dillon graduated with a BS in Environmental Science from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2008 with a focus in secondary education and completed his Masters in Educational Leadership from Regis University in 2015.

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Carla Cariño
Teaching Policy Fellow
11th grade social studies teacher
North High School
Denver Public Schools

Carla Cariño is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow. Carla teaches 11th grade civics, AP government and politics and ethnic studies at North High School in the Denver Public School District. She is one of the inaugural membesr of the Colorado Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet, the state's education commissioner’s teacher advisory board.  Carla is also a member of the CDE Civics Standards Revision and Review Committee and the Civics Curriculum Review Committee for Denver Public Schools. She earned a BA in American Studies, teaching certificate, and an MA in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of Colorado Boulder.  

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Alison Corbett
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school English teacher
High Tech Early College
Denver Public Schools

Alison Corbett is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow.  Alison is an English and concurrent enrollment educator at High Tech Early College (HTEC) in the Montbello neighborhood of Denver, where she serves as senior team lead responsible for coaching, evaluating, and collaborating with her team of teachers.  Alison is on the instructional leadership team at HTEC and has been awarded a distinguished rating through Denver Public Schools for each of the last four years.  Profiles of her classroom have appeared in Westword, The Daily Camera, and the Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine. Alison received a BA in English from Fordham College and a MA in English from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Jonathan Davis
Teaching Policy Fellow
Elementary arts teacher
Pagosa Springs Middle School
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Jonathan Davis is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow.  Jonathan is an arts educator at The Studio School, a public arts-integrated magnet school in Northglenn, Colorado in the Adams 12 School District. One of the founding faculty members, he built a multi-disciplinary theater and dance program that serves children in kindergarten through 5th grade.  Jonathan has founded three different businesses dedicated to educating young people through the arts. He received his BA in Theatre from the Colorado College.

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Anita Hinger
Teaching Policy Fellow
Middle school science teacher
Pagosa Springs Middle School
Archuleta School District

Anita Hinger is a Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow.  Anita teaches 8th grade integrated science at Pagosa Springs Middle School in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  She has served on her school’s instructional leadership team and has been an instructional peer coach. Based on student recommendations, Anita was named the Archuleta County Adult Role Model.  She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in English.

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