Samantha Bandy is a Teach Plus Indianapolis Change Agent. Samantha supports schools in the West Learning Community of Indianapolis Public Schools as a special education specialist. She has served in various leadership positions, such as special education compliance monitor, response to intervention coordinator, and a member of the school improvement team while teaching at KIPP Indianapolis College Preparatory and Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School. She was voted Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016 while teaching special education at Carpe Diem Innovative School Shadeland. Samantha graduated from the University of Evansville with a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Studies Education and received her certificate in Mild Interventions from Indiana Wesleyan University and her MEd in Education Administration and Supervision from Ball State University.
Bonnie Benson is a Teach Plus Indianapolis Change Agent. Bonnie is a literacy coach at Robert Lee Frost Elementary School, where she has planned and led professional learning community meetings, planned and implemented Saturday learning opportunities for third grade students, and served as summer building facilitator. Bonnie graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a BS in Education and received her MS in Education from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, a Gifted and Talented Endorsement from Purdue University, and completed her Principal Certification Program from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Adam Bogs is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Adam teaches chemistry and math 10 at Victory College Prep in Indianapolis, IN, where he also serves as the lead data coordinator, head wrestling coach, and a 9th grade advisor. Adam is a 2017 Teach for America Alum of the Indianapolis Corps. He has previously taught chemistry, physics, and pre-calculus at Indianapolis Lighthouse College Prep Academy–South. Adam earned a BA in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis an MA in Teaching from Marian University.
Dianne Burpo is 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Dianne remediates struggling 1st grade readers in a reading recovery program at Ouabache Elementary School in Terre Haute, IN. She is also a Title I teacher who works with K-2 intervention/ enrichment groups and serves as a leader on the school’s core team. Dianne volunteers as a representative with the Indiana State Teachers Association. She has taught 1st grade and full day kindergarten for over two decades and is National Board certified as an early childhood generalist. Dianne has been recognized by the Vigo County Education Foundation with an “Excellence in Education” award and by WTHI-TV with a Golden Apple Award. She graduated from Indiana State University with a BS in Elementary Education and an MS in Early Childhood Education.
Kendall Crone is a Teach Plus Indianapolis Change Agent. Kendall is an instructional coach at Harshman Magnet Middle School in Indianapolis Public Schools. Kendall previously taught 7th and 8th grade English language arts and reading and served on the district’s secondary English curriculum team. She earned a BA in English and Psychology from Indiana University and received a MA in Teaching from Marian University.
Louret Diener is a Teach Plus Indianapolis Change Agent. Louret teaches intermediate special education students at Cold Spring School, focusing mainly on reading and math remediation. She previously chaired the general education intervention team and the response to intervention process, and currently chairs the Multi-Tiered Support System, all designed to support students and teachers academically and behaviorally. She was named the teacher of the year at two schools. Louret received her BA in Mentally Challenged and her MA in Learning Disabilities from Ball State University.
Tamara Drudy is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Tamara teaches 2nd grade at Liberty Elementary School in Liberty, IN, where she sponsors the IMPACT Ambassadors Student Council. She serves as a leadership team member for the school improvement plan and is a former building representative for her local teachers union. Throughout her career, Tamara has had opportunities to teach diverse groups of students in grades K-8, including pull-out specialized programs for high ability students. She was nominated as a Disney Teacher of the Year and is a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program grant recipient, which enabled her to hike across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Tamara earned a BS in Elementary Education from Indiana University East.
Michael Flake is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Michael is a 7th grade science teacher at North Junior High School in Evansville, IN, where he is also the technology coordinator supporting teachers and students with technology needs and initiatives. Michael has helped with districtwide science curriculum mapping and school improvement efforts, was recognized as the State of Indiana PTA Outstanding Educator of the Year in 2013, and is a past recipient of the Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship grant. Michael earned a BS in Psychology and a BS in Science Education from the University of Southern Indiana and an MS in Education from the University of Southern Indiana.
Molly Glassey is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Molly is a 1st and 2nd grade dual language teacher at Clear Creek Elementary in Bloomington, IN. She leads the dual language team in creating curriculum and building the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program and is a member of the leadership team at her school. Molly previously worked as an English teacher in Seville and Toledo, Spain and was awarded an Indiana teachers grant through The Chinese Education Connection to teach a two-week STEM unit in Hangzhou, China in July 2019. Molly holds a BS in Elementary Education from Indiana University.
Brandon Gleason is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Brandon teaches 7th and 8th grade science at Danville Community Middle School in Danville, IN, where he is the science department head and sponsors the science club, chess club, student council, and is a coach for the Science Academic Team. Brandon is a member of Danville’s Community Education Foundation and is a new teacher mentor. He has previously taught K – 6 in Georgia, Minnesota, and South Korea s. While he was teaching in South Korea, he coached several students to the title of Grand Champion in debate and speech. Brandon graduated from Hamline University with a BA in Psychology and Education.