Joanna Khatavkar headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
3rd grade special education teacher
Jessie Whaley Maxwell Elementary
Denver Public Schools

Joanna Khatavkar is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellow. Joanna is a special education co-teacher in a 3rd grade inclusive classroom at Jessie Whaley Maxwell Elementary in Denver Public Schools. She is one of her school’s co-representatives of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. Within DPS, Joanna has been a special educator in both elementary and middle school settings and a mentor teacher for two special education teacher residents. Before teaching, Joanna was a radio promotions coordinator in then changed career paths to teach English as a Second Language in Japan and South Korea. She received a BA in Speech Communication from Colorado State University and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Urban Education from the Denver Teacher Residency program.

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Chloe Knowling headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
Elementary special education teacher
Rocky Mountain Prep Berkeley

Chloe Knowling is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellow. Chloe is a founding special education teacher at Rocky Mountain Prep Berkeley. She has served on Rocky Mountain Prep’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board and was a member of the Colorado League of Charter’s Fellowship for Special Education Leadership Cohort for Underrepresented Staff Populations. Chloe created a PTA for exceptional learners that brings together all stakeholders to ensure that scholars have the wrap around services they need and want. She has previously served as a special education lead at a Denver Middle School and was a founding special education teacher abroad. Chloe graduated from University of Tampa with a BA in Communications and minors in Government and History.

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Edwina Lucero headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
High school music teacher
STRIVE Prep Schools

Edwina Lucero is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellow. Edwina teaches high school music at STRIVE Prep Excel High School in Denver, Colorado, directing the beginning, intermediate, advanced, and honors level choirs. She also serves as the instructional coach for electives courses and has helped to lead an effort to promote community amongst the two schools located on the campus. She has co-directed the yearly spring community musical for the last three years. Edwina earned a BME (Bachelors of Music Education) and MME (Masters of Music Education) from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Renée Nabors headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
Elementary school teacher
KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary

Renée Nabors is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellow. Renée is a 1st grade lead teacher, kindergarten math teacher, and gifted and talented program coordinator at KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary, a bilingual public charter school serving students in ECE-3rd-1st grade in Southwest Denver. Renée has led implementation of elementary math curriculum at her previous school in Denver Public Schools and at KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary. She previously taught kindergarten in a bilingual education setting and math intervention in grades 2-5. Renée graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in International Affairs with a minor in Education and a certificate in South Asian studies and earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education at Denver.

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Paul Oser headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
9th-12th grade counselor
New American School

Paul Oser is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellow. Paul counsels 9th-12th grade students at New America School, a Jefferson County Charter for over-aged, under-credited students in Lakewood, Colorado. Paul leads his staff in developing multi-tiered systems of support and utilizing a credit redemption system to elevate student achievement. He was a bilingual high school teacher of English and science for 12 years. Paul is the sole proprietor of Dream Into Action, a student life-coaching service and works for Abrakadoodle as an art teacher. Paul graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BA in English Literature and Humanities and received his MEd in school counseling from the University of Phoenix.

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Kristin Timm headshot
Teaching Policy Fellow
K-6 special education teacher
Julesburg Elementary School

Kristin Timm is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Colorado Policy Fellow. Kristin teaches K-6 special education at Julesburg Elementary School. She serves as an impact coach for the intermediate level teachers at her school. She previously taught K-3 special education in Ogallala, Nebraska and K-6 special education in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Kristin graduated from Chadron State College with a BS in Education, Early Childhood Inclusive and received an endorsement in K-12 Mild-Moderate Disabilities.

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