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.
Kelley Grate is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana PLC Team Leader. Kelley is a K-8 ELA instructional facilitator at Bon Air Elementary School and Bon Air Middle School in Kokomo, IN,, where she acts as the school testing coordinator. Previously, she taught English Language Arts at Blackford County Schools, where she was a teacher leader, conducted weekly professional development, and mentored new teachers. She has been a member of her school’s leadership team and helped write the school improvement plan. Kelley graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a BS in Elementary Education with endorsements in Kindergarten and ELA and received her MAE in Educational Administration from Ball State University.
Diana Heard is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana PLC Team Leader. Diana teaches 4th-5th grade special education at Pettit Park Technology Academy in Kokomo, IN. She has taught in self-contained special education rooms and now is a resource room and co-teacher for the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Diana works in an after-school program that focuses on STEM, homework, and physical movement. She serves as a mentor teacher for new teachers at Pettit Park and on the social services committee, student intervention team, student council sponsor, and as treasurer of the PTA. Diana graduated from Tipton High School and Ball State University with a BA in mild interventions.
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.
Casey Jones is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana PLC Team Leader. Casey is a 3rd grade teacher at Bon Air Elementary School in Kokomo, IN. She previously taught 3rd grade in Jacksonville, North Carolina and in a K-2 cluster class in Cleveland, Indiana. She holds a BA in Elementary Education and an mA in Reading Specialization from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Denise Kincaid is a 2019-20 Teach Plus Indiana PLC Team Leader. Denise is a 5th grade teacher at Technology Academy at Bon Air Elementary in Kokomo, IN. In her role as a teacher leader, she is involved in the leadership committee, response to intervention team, student services committee, and the new teacher mentoring program. She graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Education with a Reading Specialist endorsement.
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.