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.
Rebecca Guest-Scott is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Rebecca teaches 8th grade ELA and W.I.N. (an intervention and remediation course) and is the 8th grade team leader at Edgewood Junior High School in Ellettsville, IN. She was a founding member of the Smaller Learning Communities at Columbus East High School, where she taught 9th grade ELA, journalism, 12th grade English, and facilitated senior “Capstone” projects. Rebecca has co-coordinated a night school program for non-traditional high school students, led professional learning communities, and spearheaded interdisciplinary connections and collaborations with colleagues and community partners. She was awarded a National Microsoft Innovative Teaching Award along with her teaching team in 2007 and represented the United States at the World Forum for Innovative Teaching in Helsinki, Finland that same year. Rebecca holds a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MSEd in Secondary Education from Indiana University.
Jessica Hess is a 2019-2020 Teach Plus Indiana Change Agent Teacher Leader. Jessica is a 7th grade mathematics teacher at Longfellow Medical/STEM Middle School, where she serves as the mathematics department chair and volleyball coach. She previously served on the positive behavior interventions and support (PBIS) committee and the leadership team at Longfellow. As the volleyball coach, she has led her team to back-to-back championships. Jessica was recognized in the Top 20 in Indianapolis Public Schools for her students’ growth on ISTEP during the 2017-2018 school year. She earned a BA in Educational Studies and a BA in Psychology from Denison University, and an MA in Teaching from Marian University.
LaShonda Huff is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. LaShona teaches 8th grade language arts at Clifford Pierce Middle School in Merrillville, IN. She is a sponsor of the Academic Spell Bowl, school newspaper, and S.T.A.N.D. Club (a social and diversity club). LaShonda previously taught 3rd-8th grades at Aspire Charter Academy. She has co-led a workshop titled, “Middle School in Motion: Managing Workshops in Middle School,” and created curriculum with the goal of “100 percent technology, 90 percent of the time.” LaShonda earned her BA in physical education from Valparaiso University and her elementary and secondary certification from Calumet College of St. Joseph’s.
Terry Hussey is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Terry teaches 8th grade integrated algebra and geometry at Goshen New Tech Middle School in Goshen, IN, where she coaches problem-based learning and is chairman of the math department. Terry is a Master Teacher with the NIET TAP program and was a top ten finalist for 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year. She graduated from Marymount Fordham with a BA in Economics and a minor in Math and received her Transition to Teaching in Secondary Math and MEd in Instruction and Curriculum from Indiana Wesleyan.
Vaughn Laptiste is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Vaugh teaches 9th and 10th grade Algebra 1 & 2 at Christel House Academy (South), where he also sponsors the chess club for 4th to 8th grade students. Vaughn’s journey into teaching began in 2005 in Trinidad & Tobago, where he was hired by his former 9th grade science teacher to teach secondary physics. Vaughn earned a BA from Anderson University in Mathematics with a minor in Physics.
Jennifer Love is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Jennifer teachers 4th grade math and science at Louis B. Russell Jr. Elementary school in Indianapolis, IN. Jennifer has coached teachers at her school in effective instructional math practices and was a member of the leadership team. She was nominated for teacher of the year and serves her community as an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated. Jennifer holds a BS in Education from Indiana University in Bloomington and an MEd in school administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Andrew Lutz is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Andrew teaches 8th grade science at Summit Middle School in Fort Wayne, IN, where he serves as the school’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) coach. He is an assistant football coach at Woodside Middle School and previously taught 7th and 8th grade science at Kekionga Middle School, Lane Middle School, and Ben Geyer Middle School in Fort Wayne Community Schools. He has served as department head, academic team coach, and on the schools’ improvement teams as well as PBIS leadership teams. Andrew graduated from Indiana Purdue University at Fort Wayne with a BS in Biology and received his Med in Education Theory from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Alyssa McCool is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana Policy Fellow. Alyssa teaches 1st grade at Washington Woods Elementary School in Westfield, IN. She is her building’s Lighthouse team facilitator and social emotional learning curriculum coordinator. Alyssa is a member of the district’s English language arts curriculum committee and has served as her building’s English language arts curriculum coordinator. She has developed and led professional development sessions at the building-, district-, and state-level. Alyssa graduated from Ball State University with a BA in Kindergarten-Primary Education, and earned a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University and an MS in Educational Administration from Butler University.
Nicki McGowan is a 2019-2020 Teach Plus Indiana Change Agent Teacher Leader. Nicki is the literacy coach at Eleanor Skillen 34, where she also serves as the school testing coordinator, dyslexia law designee, and co-leader of the MTSS (multi-tiered systems of support) committee. Nicki completed her Special Education certification through Vanderbilt University, her Reading Recovery Teacher Leader certification from the Ohio State University, and is ABD in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated from Belmont University with a BS in Elementary Education and received her MEd in Administration from Trevecca University.