Christine Casey is a 2019-20 Teach Plus DFW Fellow. Christine teaches 11th and 12th grade physics and dual credit chemistry at Waxahachie Global High School, a STEM and Early College High School. She serves on the attendance committee and has presented to staff on project-based learning. She received the Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship through the University of Texas at Arlington and National Science Foundation. She graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a BS in Biochemistry and MS in Chemistry.
Nick Clark is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Policy Fellow. Nick teaches geometry, algebra 2, and sheltered English mathematics classes at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth ISD. He has developed and directs the district’s esports program in collaboration with universities, local businesses, and other stakeholders. Nick works to drive student interest in STEM through gaming, and to connect students to scholarship opportunities in the emergent world of competitive gaming. Nick is a member of the AVID site team, campus teacher leadership team, and attended the Teach To Lead Summit in Nashville, TN in the spring of 2018. He was named a Warren Fellow in 2006 and has taken leadership roles in various initiatives and mentoring programs in addition to driving several new technology-related initiatives. Nick received a BS in Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Science Education and an MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Turner Cooper is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Policy Fellow. Turner teaches 1st grade in a self-contained classroom at N. W. Harllee Early Childhood Center in Dallas ISD. Turner serves as the chairman of Education Pillar for the African American Leadership Institute powered by Paul Quinn College. He previously taught in Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. Turner was a facilitator at the 2018 National Black Male Educators Convening in Philadelphia, PA and at the 2019 Profound Gentleman Community Impact Assembly in Charlotte, NC, where he was awarded the 2019 Global Gentleman of the Year Award. He graduated with a BA in English Morehouse College and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University.
Cristina Ann Correa is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Christina is the founding high school Pre-AP & AP studio art and AP art history teacher at IDEA College Preparatory - San Juan, where she serves as electives and content lead. Cristina has serves IDEA Public Schools as visual arts curriculum manager, implementing a districtwide AP-aligned portfolio evaluation system for students and teachers. She leads professional development and mentors new teachers across all regions. A master teacher, Cristina has served as table leader and Latin American question writer for the AP art history exam, reader for the AP studio art portfolio, and is on the question-writing committee for the AP art history practice exam. Cristina co-teaches art history and art business for high school students at Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York City, was part of the inaugural cohort of the Texas Charter School Association Teacher Advocate Leader Fellowship, and has been awarded the Congressional Golden Brush Award for excellence in art education. Cristina holds a BS in mass communications and graphic design from Texas Woman's University and an MFA in studio art, Latin American art history, and Mexican-American studies from UT-Rio Grande Valley.
Tonnett Davis is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Tonnett teaches 7th grade math at Ogden Academy, where she is the boys basketball coach and behavior reflection program creator and manager. She has held previous leadership positions as 3rd grade team leader, math department chair, FLAG team co-leader, and POD Leader. Tonneet has taught grades 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7. While serving in Plano ISD, she had the highest 5th grade math scores on STAAR testing for the district during the 2015-2017 school years. She received her BS in Sociology from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Math Emphasis from The University of Texas at Arlington, her Teacher Certification from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and EdD in Teacher Leadership from Concordia University in Portland.
Vladimir Dinolov is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Senior Policy Fellow. Vladimir teaches 4th grade STEM at Dallas ISD’s personalized learning campus, Dan D. Rogers Elementary. Since 2017, Vladimir has been ranked in the top 1% of Dallas ISD teachers and uses his ranking to advocate for teacher performance-based compensation, increased funding for low-income students, and the implementation of edTPA as a certification requirement in the state of Texas. He has published an op-ed, ”Ensuring Growth and Mastery for All Students,” and has co-authored a Teach Plus policy memo, “Why Expanding Teacher Leadership Opportunities Matters.” Vladimir is pursuing an M.S. in Applied Data Science at Syracuse University.
Erica Kang Dunbar is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Erica provides special education services to middle school students at YES Prep Northwest. She previously taught at YES Prep Northbrook where she served as testing coordinator for the special education department, and at YES Prep Southeast where she held roles as varsity cheerleading coach, course facilitator for a districtwide college prep class, and faculty leader of the Asian Student Association. She graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in Human Ecology and received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston.
Justo Echaverry is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Policy Fellow. Justo is a bilingual teacher of 3rd grade math and science at Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas ISD. He is a teacher leader within the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) program, where he has served since the program’s inception in 2015. Justo has spearheaded the implementation of restorative practices and social and emotional learning programs, provided professional development on best practices, and coached peer teachers to nurture their growth and academic excellence. Justo serves as a TEI Campus Expert and is part of the DISD Alternative Certification Teacher Preparation Cadre and is a Teaching Trust Teams Ed-Fellow. He has earned a Distinguished Teacher rating since the Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI) began in 2015. Justo graduated from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua with a BS in Economics and is pursuing his MEd from Concordia University.
Allison Fuhrman is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas DFW Policy Fellow. Allison teachers 4th grade reading and writing in a bilingual classroom at Mark Twain Elementary in Richardson ISD, where she is the head of the Positive Behavior Intervention System team. Allison is a part of the district curriculum writing team, the district planning committee, and the district bilingual focus group. She previously taught 2nd grade and served as team lead. Allison graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Applied Learning and Development and earned her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Shana Gaines is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow. Shana teaches K-6 music at Mark Twain Elementary and Richardson Terrace Elementary in Richardson ISD. She co-directs after-school choruses on both campuses and serves on the Mark Twain school climate committee. Shana has previously served as a special education teacher in Richardson ISD and frequently modeled strategies for resource teachers in the district. Shana has also taught Algebra I, geometry, and consumer math and spearheaded the first flipped courses at The Winston School in Dallas. She currently serves as a part-time director of the Wilshire Wind Symphony at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. Shana is a Fujitsu Trailblazer Semifinalist (2019) and Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher for the Berkner Feeder Pattern (2018-19). She holds a BM in Church Music from Union University, an MM in Church Music with an emphasis in Music Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an MEd in School Leadership from Lamar University.