Anne Lagace is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Anne teaches 9th-12th grade music at Charles E. Shea High School in Pawtucket, RI, where she is the Class of 2019 advisor. She serves as a member of both the graduation committee and the climate and culture committee. Prior to pursuing a degree in education, Anne completed a year of service with AmeriCorps. Anne serves on the executive board of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association and serves on the Warwick Symphony Orchestra Marketing Committee. Recently she was the recipient of a Rhode Island Foundation Community Grant to create a music studio and creative space for her students. Anne graduated from Gettysburg College and the Sunderman Conservatory of Music with a BA in Music and Psychology and received her MM in Music Education from the University of Rhode Island.
Kristine Lapierre is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Kristine teaches 10th grade English and world literature at Hope High School in Providence, RI. She spent eight years teaching English and Public Speaking at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, CA, where she also coached the school's speech & debate team. Kristine holds a Professional Forensics Educator Certificate from the National Speech & Debate Association and a Diamond Award for her involvement mentoring young people in the activity. She earned a BS in Communication & Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University, a BA in English from the University of Rhode Island, and an MA in Teaching Secondary English from Brown University.
Alexander Lucini is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Alexander teaches music at West Broadway Middle School in Providence, RI and is the treasurer of the Providence Teachers Union. He is a previous valedictorian of the Leadership For A Future program and is a 2017 New Leaders Council Fellow. In 2017, he received an Honor Roll Alumni award from Rhode Island College. Alexander graduated from Rhode Island College with a BS in Music Education.
Keith Nalbach is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Keith is an advisor at The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The Met) in Providence, RI. He is certified as a professional development provider (PDP) with Ford: Next Generation Learning, focusing on high school redesign. As a PDF, he has participated in multiple projects across the country and co-managed the transition of a small school in Florida to The Academy of IT and Robotics. Keith has presented at conferences on project and passion-based learning, as well as on how to better engage politicians to influence education policy. He was part of the RI Advisory Committee for the Educator Evaluation System. Keith graduated with a BS in English Language Arts from New York University.
Ellen Piangerelli is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Ellen is an Advisor at the Met School in Providence, RI. She began her formal teaching career through Teach for America after years of service in education-affiliated nonprofit and government agencies. Ellen is the creator of 100MileRead, a literacy challenge, campaign, and experiment designed to support students’ identities as readers through the elimination of “required reading.” Ellen earned her BA in Critical Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her MEd from Rhode Island College.
Neisa Pimentel is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Neisa is a 7th grade medieval history and geography teacher at Governor Christopher Delsesto Middle School in Providence, RI. Previously, she taught history at Sheila "E" Skip Nowell Leadership Academy, where she was a member of the college and career committee. Neisa serves as a board member of Valiant Arts, a performance arts program for young adults. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Human Services.
Kristen Rhodes Beland is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Kristen is a 4th grade teacher at the Suzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School in North Kingstown, RI. She previously served as an integration specialist implementing the SmART program developed by Brown University and has been involved in the integration of technology into the district, leading professional development in digital citizenship for the N.K. Google Summits. She is the lead theatrical director for the after-school production, bringing together groups of 75 students to gain confidence through acting. In 2013, she was a Golden Apple Recipient. She graduated with an Interdisciplinary Arts Degree from Salve Regina University.
Cole Robinson is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Senior Fellow. Cole is an advisor at The Metropolitan Career and Technical Center (The MET) in Providence, RI, overseeing the high school career of 16 students from 9th grade through graduation. He also supports students in their college courses through a dual-enrollment program. Cole develops individualized learning plans for each student with the support of the family, mentor, and the student. He is certified as a special educator, mild to moderate K-Secondary, and Elementary Education, and was previously a special educator in a self-contained, middle-school classroom. Cole earned a BFA from Rhode Island College.
Jessica Ruckert is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Jessica teaches 5th and 6th grade history at Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School 2 in Lincoln, RI, where she sponsors the scholar council and is the grade chair for 6th grade. She previously taught 7th grade history at Crittenden Middle School in Newport News, VA. Jessica earned a BA in History and an MAT in Secondary Social Studies from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.
Nicole Simpson is a 2018-19 Teach Plus Rhode Island Teaching Policy Fellow. Nicole is the founding art educator at Blackstone Valley Prep High School (BVP). She adopted a choice-based art education model for her studio classes and continues to research and grow the visual art program at BVP. She has coached new staff members and has presented her choice-based model at local conferences. Nicole received a BS in Art Education from Rhode Island College, and a Masters in Art Education from Boston University.