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Brianna Amoscato
Teaching Policy Fellow
Hartwood Elementary School

Brianna Amoscato is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellow who teaches third grade at Hartwood Elementary School in Pittsburgh. Brianna is a current member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and coordinates the TEDxKids@HartwoodElementarySchool yearly event and facilitates the OneDayPGH Social Justice Club at Dorseyville Middle School. She has served as the Program Coordinator for the Elementary Summer Learning Program, was a past fellow of the New Leaders Council, and a 2020 Pittsburgh All Star Teacher. Brianna is currently pursuing National Board Certification. She graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Applied Developmental Psychology and received her MEd in Elementary, Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Pittsburgh.

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Kyle Boyer
Teaching Policy Fellow
Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy

Kyle J. Boyer is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellow who teaches 7th grade pre-Algebra at Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy (ESTLA) in Norristown. At ESTLA, Kyle is a member of the school's cultural proficiency team. He has previously taught both math and social studies at the high school level in several schools. Kyle is also the senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coatesville, PA. Kyle has served his community as an elected member of the Tredyffrin/Easttown Board of School Directors and as the immediate past president of the West Chester, PA branch of the NAACP. Kyle earned a BA in Political Science from the George Washington University, both an MSEd and MPA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MDiv from United Lutheran Seminary where he is completing the DMin program.

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Durrell Burns
Teaching Policy Fellow
Harrisburg High School: John Harris Campus

Durrell Burns is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellow who teaches 9th grade English and Public Speaking at Harrisburg High School: John Harris Campus, in Harrisburg, PA. Durrell is a member of the CSI Steering Committee and an active member of his school SAP Team. Additionally, Durrell has served as the Project Based Learning Coordinator for his school and Vice President of the Ethnic Minority Committee which is a part of the union who focuses on the recruitment, development, and retention of minority educators. He graduated from Millersville University with a BA in English and a Minor in History, attended Cabrini University for his Teaching Certification, and is working on his Med in Educational Leadership from Lincoln University.

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Jennifer Coleman
Teaching Policy Fellow
Riverside Elementary School

Jennifer Coleman is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellow who teaches 4th grade at Riverside Elementary School in Reading. Jennifer is co-chair of Riverside Elementary Equity Committee, and she is a mentor to teachers in her building who are beginning their careers. She previously taught grades K-6 in the Allentown School District and is a fellow with Leading Educators. Jennifer became a teacher to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather who achieved the same goals during the Civil Rights Movement. Jennifer was a Fulbright Scholar in Accra, Ghana West Africa, where she studied at the University of Accra during her graduate program. She graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Kindergarten and Elementary Education and received her MEd in Educational Leadership with a Principal Certification from Lehigh University.

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Yazmin Dalsimer
Teaching Policy Fellow
Catalyst Academy Charter Schools

Yazmin Dalsimer is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellow who teaches 1st grade at Catalyst Academy in Pittsburgh. Previously, she worked with Carnegie Learning as a Math Specialist, providing professional development to Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers. Yazmin is a 2007 NYC Teach For America Alum who taught math for 10 years at KIPP Academy Middle School in the South Bronx, where she served as the 8th grade level chair. Yazmin became a teacher because she was inspired by her own childhood teachers who changed the course of her life. She graduated from Pitzer College with a BA in Psychology and received her MEd in Childhood Education from Pace University.

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Jamal Easley
Senior Fellow

Jamal Easley is a 2021-2022 Pennsylvania Senior Policy Fellow has over a decade of experience working with youth in Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia. He has used media/film, poetry, and history to inspire student voices. In particular Jamal is experienced in working with children who have experienced trauma or violence, and is passionate about using Social-Emotional Learning as a tool to address social justice and equity. As a black male educator, Jamal feels called to this work. As part of the first group of Teach Plus PA policy fellows, he helped start the #choose2teachPA campaign to increase teacher diversity and raise awareness about the lack of black teachers in PA. He has recently started working with the Facing History program team supporting schools with equity and justice work.

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Elias Economou
Teaching Policy Fellow
Growing Together Learning Center Early Childhood Education

Elias Economou is 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Early Childhood Educator Policy Fellow who teaches Pre-School at a Growing Together Learning Center facility. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Finance. He holds a CDA and is a part time student in the law school at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Michael Faccinetto
Senior Fellow
Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School

Michael Faccinetto is a 2021-2022 Pennsylvania Senior Policy Fellow who teaches 5th grade ELA and social studies at Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School in Center Valley. He previously taught 5th grade ELA at Central Elementary School in the Allentown School District. In addition to teaching, Michael has served as the president of the Bethlehem Area School District Board of School Directors for 11 years and was the president of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. In 2019, PSBA inducted Michael into the prestigious Allwein Society recognizing his exceptional advocacy efforts for public education. Michael’s school board service ignited his passion for education leading him to make the transition from a family business into the classroom. Michael earned a BS in insurance from Penn State University and a MEd in elementary education from Lehigh University. He is working toward his EdD in educational leadership at Lehigh University. 

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Anna George
Teaching Policy Fellow
Duquesne City School District

Anna George is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellow who teaches 4th grade math and science at Duquesne City School District. Anna previously taught Emotional Support for grades 4-6 and currently sits on the Instructional Leadership Team at Duquesne. Anna was inspired to become an educator after having a highly impactful math teacher in 7th grade. Anna earned her BS in Early Childhood and Special Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and is working on an MEd in Educational Leadership from California University of Pennsylvania.

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Maggie Grasty
Teaching Policy Fellow
Chester Upland School District

Dr. Miguelina “Maggie” Grasty is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellow and an elementary school teacher in the Chester Upland School District. Maggie serves on the Long-Range Planning Committee, which analyzes data to adequately address learning loss due to the COVID-19 Pandemic with school wide intervention scheduling, progress monitoring, and other remediation tools and the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team, which uses research-based, scientifically validated interventions towards positive student behavior outcomes. Maggie was awarded the You are the Light Award for 2020-2021 in the Chester Upland School District. In her community, Maggie serves as president of the Chester Upland Education Association, and executive director of The Connection, a nonprofit organization committed to inspire, empower, and advance the knowledge of the residents of Chester and the surrounding communities. Maggie received her BS in Criminal Justice from Widener University, her MEd from Cheyney University, and her EdD in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University.

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