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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James Anthofer
Teaching Policy Fellow
11th grade AP US history and US history teacher
Denver School of Science and Technology: Cole High School
DSST Public Schools

James Anthofer is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow. James teaches 11th grade US history and AP US history at DSST: Cole High School, where he serves as the Senior Academy (11th and 12th grade) grade level chair and has previously served as the poetry slam sponsor. He is the founding US History teacher at Cole. James previously taught in schools in St. Louis and Cincinnati, where he served as a wrestling and football coach. He graduated from Grinnell College with a BA in English and received his MEd in secondary education in social studies from University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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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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Blair Barrows
Teaching Policy Fellow
Special education coordinator
Denver Public Schools

Blair Barrows is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Colorado Teaching Policy Fellow. Blair is the Special Education Coordinator at DSST: Stapleton High School, where she teaches math, English, transition skills, organization, and serves as a case manager for students in 9th-12th grade and is the High School Content Lead in special education for the network. Blair was a recipient of the 2012-2013 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. During the fellowship, she traveled to seven countries to study the role of play in various educational philosophies. Blair received her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification in 2016. She earned a BA in Psychology with a minor in education from Sewanee: The University of the South and an MEd in Special Education from Vanderbilt University.

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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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Yolanda Calderón
Teaching Policy Fellow
General/Instrumental Music Teacher
Aurora Public Schools

Yolanda Calderón teaches general and instrumental music at Vista PEAK Exploratory P-8 in Aurora, Colorado. Yolanda was one of the first two recipients of the Rachel B. Noel Scholarship in recognition of her work with Music for MS, a non-profit benefiting the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center.  She serves as Assistant Representative with the Aurora Educator's Association. Yolanda earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Bachelor in Music Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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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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